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Project Veritas video: CNN employee said network’s ‘focus was to get Trump out of office’ in 2020

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In secretly recorded video clips released by Project Veritas on Tuesday, a CNN employee admitted his network worked to get then-President Donald Trump out of office during the 2020 presidential election.

The heavily edited composite video centers exclusively on CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester—on seemingly separate occasions—saying on camera that the cable network tried to get then-candidate Joe Biden elected.

“Look what we did, we [CNN] got Trump out. I am 100% going to say it, and I 100% believe that if it wasn’t for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got voted out […] I came to CNN because I wanted to be a part of that,” Chester said to someone off camera during one instance shown by Project Veritas.

Other statements made by Chester throughout the video include but are not limited to:

  • “We would always show shots of him [Biden] jogging and that [he’s] healthy, you know, and him in aviator shades. Like you paint him as a young geriatric.”
  • “It’s going to be our [CNN’s] focus. Like our focus was to get Trump out of office, right? Without saying it, that’s what it was, right? So, our next thing is going to be for climate change awareness.”
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Following Project Veritas posting the Chester video to Twitter at noon, “#ExposeCNN” was trending on the social media site by the late afternoon on Thursday.

Conservatives as influential as Donald Trump Jr. were employing the hashtag in response to the Project Veritas report.

“CNN is propaganda. Pass it on,” Trump Jr. tweeted, followed by the hashtag.

Embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) also joined in on the online furor, simply writing “Preach!” when retweeting Trump Jr.’s post.

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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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