(TNS) Did CNN just commit a random act of journalism that isn’t outlandishly critical of President Donald Trump? It would seem so, though of course, the network couldn’t report it without taking at least one jab at the commander-in-chief.
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The network reported late Thursday that an FBI lawyer is currently under criminal investigation for possibly altering a document related to the bureau’s surveillance of 2016 Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The network notes:
A former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, several people briefed on the matter told CNN.
The possibility of a substantive change to an investigative document [begin CNN jab here ->] is likely to fuel accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies that the FBI committed wrongdoing in its investigation of connections between Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign [<- end CNN jab]. After CNN first reported on the investigation, the Washington Post reported that the inspector general concluded the alteration did not change the validity of the surveillance application.
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The finding is expected to be part of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s review of the FBI’s effort to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide. Horowitz will release the report next month.
Horowitz turned over evidence on the allegedly altered document to John Durham, the federal prosecutor appointed early this year by Attorney General William Barr to conduct a broad investigation of intelligence gathered for the Russia probe by the CIA and other agencies, including the FBI. The altered document is also at least one focus of Durham’s criminal probe.
There are things that ring true regarding this report from an outlet we all know to normally be completely full of it when it comes to reporting anything regarding Trump and his administration.
One, we know from other reliable reporting that the Barr/Durham investigation into the origins of “Spygate” have gone from just an inquiry into a full-on criminal probe.
Two, One America News reported in late October that FBI lead counsel James Baker has “flipped” and is assisting Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham, and others in the pursuit criminal charges against a host of suspects.
OANN correspondent Jack Prosobiec interviewed Ned Ryun, head of American Majority, a non-profit combatting the Garbage Party’s attempts to turn red states blue, who said that, according to his sources, Baker didn’t play a willing, cognizant part in the god king Obama’s plot to overturn the 2016 election in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Rather, Baker was relying on information he was being fed by FBI officials like James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and others in pursuing FISA court warrants and other shady counterintelligence actions against the 2016 Trump campaign.
Other interesting facts about Baker:
— He told Congress during closed-door testimony he believed Hillary should have been indicted for her serial mishandling of classified information;
— He has said he never trusted the veracity of the bogus “Steele dossier;”
— He was concerned about what he described as the abnormal handling of the fabricated probe into the 2016 Trump campaign.
Is Baker the guy who is under “criminal investigation” for altering a document? It’s possible.
As for “fueling accusations” of FBI malfeasance during the 2016 campaign, the president doesn’t need this CNN report for that.
He’s already got plenty of actual evidence to prove it is true.
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