CLAIMS “FALSE ALLEGATIONS” MADE ABOUT “COLLUSION”
by Sharon Rondeau
On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted that he “wished” he had chosen a different attorney general, not for the first time.
DiGenova replied that Sessions did not need to recuse himself since at the time, the investigation consisted only of a “counterintelligence” probe and not a criminal investigation, which might have required recusal.
As he has before, Fox News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett said that he believes Sessions misread the statute upon which he relied to recuse himself or received bad advice.
Hannity began his questioning of DiGenova, who responded first, by stating that he has long respected Sessions and is at a loss as to why he crippled the Trump Justice Department by his recusal, handing all Russia matters to Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein.
Rosenstein then hired former FBI Director Mueller, who many Republicans believe is compromised and whose past includes wrongly-accused defendants spending decades in prison, with two dying there; a Navy veteran spending four years in prison on a perjured FBI affidavit; and overseeing the elimination of all terms in FBI and military training materials found to be “offensive” to certain Islamic groups.
DiGenova said that “false allegations” were perpetrated to “plant intelligence overseas with Americans” who then “fed it back,” eventually generating surveillance warrants against former campaign adviser Carter Page. DiGenova referred by name to former Cambridge University professor Stefan Halper, who was reported as a “top-secret intelligence source” by The Washington Post several weeks ago and is now said to be the “informant” who reportedly contacted Page, Trump campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis, and 27-year-old George Papadopoulos, perhaps on pretexts.
Hannity asked both guests about two media interviews for which House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy sat between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. During both, Gowdy, who is not seeking re-election, said he believes the FBI handled the “information” they allegedly received about possible collusion with Russia by Trump campaign members properly.
To that, DiGenova said, “Don’t even bring up Trey Gowdy” or a similar statement with obvious disgust.
Gowdy interviewed on CBS and Fox News, respectively, claiming that the FBI “did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do.” Following the interviews, Gowdy was roundly praised by Democrats and major media.
The mainstream media has characterized Trump’s claim of a “spy” as “unsubstantiated” or “without evidence,” but The Post and The New York Times have both reported that the FBI used an “informant” to gather information from Trump campaign aides.
CNN has argued that the informant was not “planted” inside the campaign, as some have suggested.