Chris Wallace begins the interview with Donald Trump by incorrectly stating the conclusions, as they were incorrectly stated in his source article at the Washington Post. In that first article the first paragraph read: “The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.”
The very next sentence indicates they were not the Russian government but “individuals with connections” to the Russians, a very different thing. To some degree they are, like everyone else, also connected to Kevin Bacon. What was his role in all of this? They then devolve into a quote of an anonymous person who was briefed on a briefing. It’s a political effort undertaken by Jeff Bezos, owner of the Washington Post, a purveyor of notoriously fake news.
In what appears to be an attempt to salvage plausible deniability and their questionable credibility, the Post included the following content further down in their story, ” The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal U.S. assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior U.S. official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.
It would be interesting to find out if it’s an assessment by the CIA solely or 16 agencies or where the count lies in between and why wasn’t that stated, what the nature of the disagreements were, how much weight was given to circumstantial evidence and assumptions, and what those unanswered questions consisted of. One example was provided, of both an assumption and a lack of direct evidence, with the Post admitting in the story, “For example, intelligence agencies do not have specific intelligence showing officials in the Kremlin “directing” the identified individuals to pass the Democratic emails to WikiLeaks.” That means the Russians didn’t do it, they may have influenced or worked through others, but it was not them. That compromises the basic premise stated and inferred in their article.
It’s also worth noting the glass half empty or half full aspect of this is only being viewed from one perspective, that of attempting to get Donald Trump elected. It is even more probable that the Russians or anyone else familiar with the past and risks associated with a Hillary Clinton presidency would be doing everything in their power to prevent that from happening. The mainstream media needs to stop approaching it from the Democrat perspective of helping Trump and consider the stronger motivation of helping everyone by stopping Clinton.
Mr. Trump calls the claims of the Washington Post ridiculous, stating, “I think it’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it.” He notes that every week it’s another excuse. We had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College,” adding, “No, I don’t believe that at all.”
Mr. Trump doesn’t believe that it is the CIA that is putting out the story, that it is in fact the Democrats, such as Bezos, “because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics in this country.” He says, “It’s ridiculous and we ought to get back to making America great again.”
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