While much of the news media focused on how Trump contradicted himself on immigration for about hour, MSNBC’s Joy Reid was breaking down the real smoking hot story of the day. Earlier this evening, Reid beautifully connected the dots between the Fusion GPS testimony released Tuesday and the sinister motives Republicans might have had in their efforts at preventing Americans from seeing the details of the official transcript.
Republicans did not want the public to see secret testimony related to the infamous Trump dossier, but today Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein went ahead and released the testimony anyway, anchor Reid noted. And now that we’ve seen it, it’s clear why the Republicans didn’t want it to get out.
Reid didn’t stop there, however.
Because this testimony destroys the conspiracy theory being peddled on the right to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, Reid explained. According to that theory, the dossier was co-opted by the F.B.I. in 2016 as part of a Democratic plot to tarnish Donald Trump.
WH Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders downright refused to address the transcript during today’s briefing. That’s to be expected, though. Luckily, Reid had no problems getting to the bottom of Republicans true motives for refusing to release the testimony.
They knew the narrative being pushed on Fox News and Capitol Hill was baloney, but instead of correcting that narrative, they chose to perpetuate it, calling for a second special counsel to investigate so-called F.B.I. bias and referring the author of the dossier, former British spy Christopher Steele, for criminal investigation, Reid said.
It’s quite obvious that Republicans knew all along the true nature of the testimony but instead chose to hide this very serious testimony from the public in their efforts to undermine the Mueller investigation. Reid was having none of it.
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