by Nicholas Fondacaro at .newsbusters.org
Not long after Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) warned on Tuesday that he received a classified intelligence briefing from the FBI about Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) that concerned him enough to pull his Intelligence Committee assignment, some of CNN’s purported journalists on The Lead – including host Jake Tapper – pretended not to know why the compromised Congressman shouldn’t be allowed to serve on the committee. Essentially, gaslighting their viewers.
In December 2020, Axios reported that Swalwell’s campaign was infiltrated by a Chinese spy that went by the name Fang Fang. They noted that Fang installed an intern in Swalwell’s office and had sexual relationships “with at least two mayors of Midwestern cities.” Swalwell has never been publicly grilled on whether his relationship with Fang was also sexual.
Ignoring these facts, Tapper scoffed at McCarthy’s warning and claimed he had “no idea” if he should believe the Speaker or not:
What do you make of it? I – I – I mean, I understand, like, criticizing somebody but saying, “I got a classified briefing from the FBI about so-and-so, and if you knew what I knew, you would agree with what I’m doing.” I’m not saying that’s not true. Maybe it is. I have no idea. I’ve not seen such a thing before.
“And the shield that he has is the word classified,” bemoaned chief political correspondent Dana Bash. “He can say, ‘I can’t tell you what I know but trust me, it’s bad.’”
There was a sinister audacity to that complaint given that CNN, including Bash, were the beneficiaries of dubious and cryptic statements from Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff (CA), both publicly and leaked, that pushed the Russia collusion hoax. That’s not to mention that’s the basis the journalistic profession when they rely heavily on anonymous sources.
She even hinted she wanted that kind of arrangement, seemingly using the show to request leaks from members of Congress. “The question is whether there are other Republicans or frankly Democrats who might have access to that same classified information who could corroborate,” she said.