Many main stream media outlets and cable networks have failed to correct their record of misinformation they delivered to the American people regarding President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, even after evidence continues to surface showing that the dodgy dossier compiled by a former British spy was Russian lies.
Sen. Ron Johnson and Sen. Chuck Grassley’s urging to have acting Director of National Intelligence Rick Grenell and Attorney General William Barr declassify footnotes in Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s December report on the FBI’s handling of the Russia investigation, cleared any speculation that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia.
However, very few so-called mainstream media outlets published the bombshell findings.
The declassified footnotes revealed that the FBI “possessed intelligence reports that stated key portions of the anti-Trump dossier were tainted by Russian disinformation, yet it continued to rely on them to justify Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page,” the Senators press release Monday stated.
Those footnotes were so damaging to the FBI and intelligence community’s actions that last week, Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting all the records from the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team after declassifying the Horowitz footnotes.
Even with all this explosive news over the dossier, very few news outlets have reported or clarified their previous reporting to the American people.
The Senator’s pointed to Eric Wemple’s Washington Post column on Monday that scrutinized the other major media outlets, for not doing so. Wemple noted that many outlets and cable news outlets were quick to cover the dossier and the FBI’s reliance on it when it suited their assumptions that Trump conspired with Russia but have failed to correct the record now that the evidence reveals it was tainted by Russian intelligence.
“Freshly declassified footnotes from a 2019 Justice Department report cast further doubt on one of the central documents of Russiagate — a collection of memos compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and published by BuzzFeed in January 2017. The dossier contained extravagant allegations about presidential candidate Donald Trump and was treated to deference in some precincts of the mainstream media,” Wemple wrote.
Steele’s dossier was not only central to the FBI’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Applications on campaign volunteer Carter Page but also played a central role in the Intelligence Community Assessment that Russia preferred Trump to former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, which was also debunked in the declassified footnotes.
Interestingly enough, it was Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee that funded Steele’s dossier with Russian disinformation and the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team was aware that the information being supplied was false.
“The declassified footnotes lend texture to that grim assessment. They have been unsheathed at the urging of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), two critics of the investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia. Even a cursory look at the footnotes makes clear why they pushed for sunlight,” stated Wemple in his column. “Remember the dossier’s famous allegations that the Russians had kompromat against Trump because of illicit alleged activities in a Russian hotel? A declassified footnote elaborates on the provenance of that story: According to an intelligence community report, a source who spanned Trump’s circles and Russia said that it was false and resulted from Russian intelligence ‘infiltrat[ing] a source into the network.’”
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Multiple states launch lawsuit against Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan
Breaking Thursday, the states of Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, and South Carolina joined together to file a lawsuit against President Biden’s administration in order to stop the student loan-forgiveness program from taking effect.
“In addition to being economically unwise and downright unfair, the Biden Administration’s Mass Debt Cancellation is yet another example in a long line of unlawful regulatory actions,” argued the plaintiffs in their filing.
The attorneys general spearheading the legal challenge also submit that “no statute permits President Biden to unilaterally relieve millions of individuals from their obligation to pay loans they voluntarily assumed.”
Biden, however, has argued that he is able to unilaterally cancel student debt to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, writes National Review, a Department of Education memo released by his administration asserts that the HEROES Act, which passed in 2003 and allows the secretary of education to provide student-debt relief “in connection with a war or other military operation or national emergency,” provides the legal basis for the cancellation.
But, National Review notes that the plaintiffs point out that Biden declared in a recent 60 Minutes interview that “the pandemic is over.”
The legal brief also adds:
“The [HEROES] Act requires ED [Education Department] to tailor any waiver or modification as necessary to address the actual financial harm suffered by a borrower due to the relevant military operation or emergency… This relief comes to every borrower regardless of whether her income rose or fell during the pandemic or whether she is in a better position today as to her student loans than before the pandemic.”
Moreover, they argue that the HEROES Act was designed to allow the secretary to provide relief in individual cases with proper justification.
The first lawsuit against Biden’s executive order came Tuesday from the Pacific Legal Foundation:
“The administration has created new problems for borrowers in at least six states that tax loan cancellation as income. People like Plaintiff Frank Garrison will actually be worse off because of the cancellation. Indeed, Mr. Garrison will face immediate tax liability from the state of Indiana because of the automatic cancellation of a portion of his debt,” wrote PLF in their own brief.
The state-led lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Missouri, and asks that the court “temporarily restrain and preliminarily and permanently enjoin implementation and enforcement of the Mass Debt Cancellation,” and declare that it “violates the separation of powers established by the U.S. Constitution,” as well as the Administrative Procedure Act.
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