Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) caught Fox News in a lie as they tried to push Trump’s line of “no collusion.”
Eric Swalwell catches Fox News spreading the no collusion lie
Transcript via Fox News Sunday:
WALLACE: But, Congressman, the special counsel directly contradicts you. Volume one, page five of the report: The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.
Congressman, the Mueller report spent 22 months, look at all the evidence, says you were wrong.
SWALWELL: It did not say that, Chris. Actually, it played out 200 pages of contact between the campaigns, and because a prior Congress had a failure of imagination to specifically articulate a crime of collusion doesn’t mean a future Congress shouldn’t say we don’t want this to happen.
I respect the special counsel’s finding of the laws we have today and with the limitations of not being able to look at finances, he could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt conspiracy. I don’t accept that this is what we want a president or a candidate to do. So I’ve written legislation to put an onus on any campaign family member or candidate if they have this type of outreach.
Eric Swalwell wasn’t playing the Fox News game
One of the favorite techniques of Fox News is to ask questions that use Republican talking points as their factual basis. Democrats who appear on Fox News need to critically examine the questions that they are asked. Rep. Swalwell was right to point out that the Mueller report didn’t say no collusion, but it day lay out 200 pages of contacts that members of the Trump campaign had with Russians.
Mueller’s mandate wasn’t to look for collusion but to tell the American people what happened in 2016. Fox News tried to spread a Trump talking point, and, used it as the basis for an entire line of questioning Rep. Swalwell, but Swalwell wasn’t buying and called out Fox News on a lie.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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