CNN’s Jake Tapper Defends Trump, Debunks New Media Hit Job About Trump And Russia

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CNN’s Jake Tapper just defended Trump from a new and quite vicious attack trying to tie him to another Russian hoax.

If you missed it, and I hope you did, the media got all hysterical yesterday after a leak claimed that intel chiefs told the House that Russia was meddling again to help Trump in the 2020 election.

Trump and Nunes and others couldn’t believe the shamelessness of the media who ran and twisted this nonstory into a monster. Again.

To his credit, Jake Tapper took to Twitter and defended Trump and told the truth about what is going on behind the scenes.

It is worth reading because it really explains how these rumors start from a flimsy point and then grow and spread. Tapper wrote:

“A national security official I know and trust pushes back on the way the briefing/ODNI story is being told, and others with firsthand knowledge agree with his assessment.

“What’s been articulated in the news is that the intelligence community has concluded that the Russians are trying to help Trump again. But the intelligence doesn’t say that,” the official says…

“The problem is Shelby” — Pierson, the elections threats executive in the intelligence community — “said they developed a preference for Trump. A more reasonable interpretation of the intelligence is not that they have a preference, it’s a step short of that….

“It’s more that they understand the president is someone they can work with, he’s a dealmaker. But not that they prefer him over Sanders or Buttigieg or anyone else. So it may have been mischaracterized by Shelby” at the House Intel briefing last week…

“And by the way,” the official says, “both Democrats and Republicans were challenging this at the briefing.”

“Then there’s the matter of the tense meeting between President Trump and erstwhile Acting Director of National Intelligence Admiral Maguire…

“The President was upset that he had to hear about an intelligence conclusion from a Member of the House Republicans rather than from the intelligence community. So he was out of joint with Maguire on that process.

“None of this disputes that Trump desires to replace those who have Intel expertise with partisan loyalists, or dismisses the larger issues and concerns about Russia and how the president seeks help from abroad.

“Just that there seems to be more to this particular story.

“ALSO none of this disputes that the Russians (and others) are attempting to interfere in the US election again.”