(National Sentinel)Â So Much Leaking: Rumors are floating around Capitol Hill in the wake of aÂ CNN report on Friday attempting to link Donald Trump Jr. to alleged Russian collusion during last year’s election that the false information was leaked by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.
AsÂ The National Sentinel‘s editor, J. D. Heyes, noted in a political analysis of the story, the information that was leaked and subsequently published byÂ CNN was incorrect. The network later changed its initial report to reflect a date change regarding the release of hacked email data from the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee by Wikileaks.
â€œSo CNN misreported the date of the Wikileaks email thatÂ @DonaldJTrumpJrÂ received, meaning that the entire point of the story â€” that the campaign might have gotten advance warning of the leaks â€” is wrong. Wow,â€ tweetedÂ Washington Examiner reporter Sarah Westwood.
But, as reported byÂ The Gateway Pundit, the erroneous information likely came from Intelligence Committee Democrats:
Jeffrey Blehar ofÂ Decision Desk HQ says sources have told him â€˜Dems on the House Intelligence committee intentionally misled CNN to affect news cycle,â€™ in respect to the â€˜massively botched,â€™ Donald Trump Jr. / WikiLeaks story.Â
.@ChuckRossDC drills down into what informed ppl are already telling me was source of CNN's massively botched DJT Jr/Wikileaks: Dems on the House Intelligence committee intentionally misleading CNN to affect news cycle: https://t.co/LfKYQsy4Zv
— Jeff B, fightin' the COVID one bootleg at a time (@EsotericCD) December 8, 2017
In his report, Heyes mentioned that leaking was still a problem not only for the Trump administration, but for the integrity of the ongoing collusion investigation. Also, he criticizedÂ CNN and other media that have been extremely critical of the president for failing to verify leaked information before they publish it:
Under the graphic, â€œThe Russia Investigationâ€ (because the network is still treating the lie that Team Trump â€œcolludedâ€ with Moscow to â€œsteal the electionâ€ from Hillary), CNNreported this â€˜bombshellâ€™: â€” â€œEmail pointed Trump campaign to Wikileak documents.â€
You remember those, right? All those anti-Hillary, Democratic corruption emails that were steadily leaked by the whistleblower web site that supposedly were hacked byâ€¦.Russia? [Except that they werenâ€™t.]
In their report, CNN alleged that someone from Wikileaks reached out to Donald Trump Jr. in early September 2016 â€” Sept. 4, to be exact â€” and offered â€œa decryption key and website address for hacked WiliLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators.â€
Heyes goes on to note that the date of the email sent to Trump Jr. wasn’t Sept. 4, but Sept. 14, a date that is significant, given that on Sept. 13, Wikileaks published the trove of information allegedly offered to the Trump campaign.
â€œHow CNN got its report so wrong is unclear,â€ The Daily Callerâ€™s Chuck Ross wrote, noting that his media organization had access to the very same emails that Don J. was sent.
It isn’t clear whether Democratic members of the Intelligence Committee actually leaked what turned out to be incorrect information toÂ CNN — information meant to feed into the Russian collusion narrative that has been pushed primarily by Democrats for more than a year.
But itÂ is clear, say outside analysts, that a leak occurred, and it was designed to harm the Trump administration.
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