Earlier today we covered story that centered around Kellyanne Conway and the fact that for two days she went on an interview tour and blatantly lied about a series of events in which President-elect Trump was briefed regarding a document alleging collusion between Putin’s Russian government and the Trump campaign. You can read that story in its entirety here.
The Trump Team denied, denied, and denied the report, including Trump surrogates Sean Spicer (his incoming Press Secretary). The New York Times covered the story, saying, ” ‘The fact that BuzzFeed and CNN made the decision to run with this unsubstantiated claim is a sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks,’ the incoming White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said, inaccurately lumping the two news organizations together.”
What happened next should sicken you. First, despite the fact that the entire Trump team was lying, and in fact Trump had been briefed exactly as CNN reported, he got up in his first press conference in six months and refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta. Trump went so far as to scream, “fake news!” at Acosta.
Well folks, buckle up. NBC News reports that they verified that FBI Director James Comey did, in fact, brief President-elect Trump on the document suggesting the collusion. According to Lawrence O’Donnell, this revelation is a “direct smack-down of Kellyanne Conway and what she has been saying this week.” If nothing else, this proves that Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer would rather lie to America – and attempt to take down any “opposition” media – than tell the truth. O’Donnell goes on to say, “Multiple high-level intelligence sources have decided that they are tired of Donald Trump or Kellyanne Conway lying about them. They are not going to take it anymore.”
COOPER: Jim Acosta, you tried to ask a question at the press conference to President-elect Trump. He refused to take questions saying you were from fake news. What did Sean Spicer say to you after that?
JIM ACOSTA, CNN SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, he came out to me and said what I did was crossing the line and was inappropriate. We should repeat during that news conference when I was trying to ask that question, Spicer threatened to throw me out of the press conference if I kept persisting.
But speaking of Sean Spicer, we should report on a conference call this morning, he was asked whether Donald Trump was going to sue over these stories for libel, and Sean Spicer told reporters that the president-elect would like to move on. I mean, I think that there’s something worse than fake news and that’s the denial of real news. And beyond that, Anderson, something that might be worse than that is they’re just not in command of the facts at this point. When you listen to Kellyanne Conway go sort of all over the place on this, they’re just not in command of the facts.
But, you know, I will tell you that, you know, this has been a pattern for the Trump campaign and now the Trump transition, where, you know, they don’t like the news that’s being reported and they go after the messenger and I think that’s just going to continue.
The segment from Anderson Cooper 360 that includes the exchange with Jim Acosta is truly captivating, and the ramifications of the Trump Team’s blatant lying, paired with their comfortable hypocrisy should scare the hell out us, folks. We will continue to follow up as more information becomes available.