Trump Re-election Campaign Warns TV Producers About Credibility of High Profile Democrats Who Heavily Pushed Russiagate
“Moving forward, we ask that you employ basic journalistic standards when booking such guests to appear anywhere in your universe of productions”
After Russiagate came crashing down, Trump’s re-election campaign is targeting six high profile Democrats who, they claim, “made outlandish, false claims, without evidence.”
Six Democrats were mentioned in a memo sent by the re-election campaign to networks: Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Rep. Jerry Nadler, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Eric Swalwell, DNC Chair Tom Perez, and John Brennan, former CIA director.
Trump’s re-election campaign sent a memo to television producers on Monday instructing them to “employ basic journalistic standards when booking” six current or former government officials that the campaign said “made outlandish, false claims, without evidence” while on air.
The others targeted in the memo either declined to comment or did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC.
The Trump campaign letter comes a day after Attorney General William Barr told lawmakers that special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
The two-page letter, which was distributed to producers for all the networks and cable outlets, cited comments that the guests made on air alleging that there was evidence of collusion.
“Moving forward, we ask that you employ basic journalistic standards when booking such guests to appear anywhere in your universe of productions,” wrote Tim Murtaugh, the campaign’s director of communications, in the memo. The campaign wrote that the producers should “begin by asking” the following question:
Does this guest warrant further appearances in our programming, given the outrageous and unsupported claims made in the past?
“At a minimum, if these guests do reappear, you should replay the prior statements and challenge them to provide the evidence which promoted them to make wild claims in the first place,” Murtaugh wrote.
Swalwell swatted back:
In a statement, Swalwell said that the “only person who has been caught lying about Russia is Donald Trump.”
“If he thinks I’ve made a false statement, he can sue me. And I’ll beat him in court,” Swalwell said.
Immediately after Mueller’s final report was surrendered to the DOJ, Rep. Schiff, who made a name for himself selling the Russia/collusion schtick, was on cable news promising to keep investigating.
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