Last Friday on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow – one of the worst perpetrators of the Trump/Russia hoax over the last three years – used a report out of Washington to jump back on the Moscow bandwagon. That day’s news was that President Trump was pulling Joseph Maguire out of his position as Acting Director of National Intelligence and replacing him with the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell. But it was Trump’s reasoning behind this move that shocked (SHOCKED!) Maddow to her core.
She explained to viewers that Trump made this move because he was irate about an intelligence assessment that was given to the House Intelligence Committee last week. In that assessment, election security official Shelby Pierson told lawmakers that Russia was once again interfering in our elections. And this time, she told them, there was no question about it: Putin wants to see President Trump re-elected in November.
Maddow’s premise (which was, to be fair, the premise literally everyone in the liberal media ran with) was simple: Trump was embarrassed and angry about this intelligence assessment, and he was sending a message to the CIA and other intel agencies – If you have intel that suggests that Russia is interfering to help me win, you can either keep it to yourself or you can find yourself another job.
Maddow said this was another sign of our democracy falling into tyranny.
Unfortunately for her, this entire narrative was as bogus as the original Russia hoax.
In an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said there was “no intelligence” to suggest that Russia was helping Trump to win re-election.
“Well, there’s no briefing that I’ve received, that the President has received, that says that President Putin is doing anything to try and influence the elections in favor of President Trump,” he said. “We just haven’t seen that intelligence. If it’s out there, I haven’t seen it. I’d be surprised if I haven’t seen it. The leaders of our — the IC have not seen it.”
O’Brien’s remarks were followed up Monday with a report from CNN confirming that Pierson, in briefing Congress, had gotten a little carried away with herself.
“The official, Shelby Pierson, told lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election with the goal of helping President Donald Trump get reelected,” CNN reported. “The US intelligence community has assessed that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election and has separately assessed that Russia views Trump as a leader they can work with. But the US does not have evidence that Russia’s interference this cycle is aimed at reelecting Trump, the officials said.”
Point blank, if Maguire was running an operation where his intelligence officials were spouting misinformation to Congress, then he needed to go. President Trump did the right thing in sending him packing.
But the more important story here is just how eagerly the media jumps on any opportunity to make Trump out to be the bad guy, regardless of the situation. In this case, it’s understandable – they are still trying to convince the public that they didn’t help perpetrate a hoax for three years straight – but it’s no less unforgivable.