Jake Tapper is not among those who believe there is nothing relevant about newly found “missing” texts exchanged between former Mueller investigator Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
“We’re going to talk much more about this, including just what is your initial reaction, the arc of the week, especially using this U.S. Senator, Senator Johnson, as the loudest alarmist or peddler of this conspiracy theory to basically saying it’s a joke,” CNN’s Brooke Baldwin led in.
“Well, I guess a couple of thoughts,” Tapper responded. “First of all, one of the things that’s so extraordinary about all of this, it is congressional Republicans versus Department of Justice Republicans.”
“That’s honestly what’s going on here,” he went on. “You have people at the Justice Department, political appointees, politically appointed by President Trump and his team, who are throwing shade at congressional Republicans, saying, ‘Calm yourself. We’re working on this. Don’t get ahead of yourself,’ whether it’s about the secret society text or about the missing text or about the Nunes memo, et cetera. That’s one of the things that’s so extraordinary, is that Democrats aren’t really even a player here.”
“Republicans versus Republicans?” Baldwin replied.
“Republican on Republican crime,” Tapper asserted. “Second of all, there’s something legitimately to be concerned about in the Strzok/Page texts. It does show people who are supposed to be implementing fair and impartial justice showing real bias and saying things that are inappropriate.”
“Why anybody would try to not just focus on facts is beyond me,” Tapper continued, “given that it is a damaging story that undermines the Mueller investigation, even though once Mueller found out about it, he reassigned the agent in question.”
“And then the third thing I guess I would say,” Tapper added, “is that throughout this entire period of the Russia investigation, we’ve seen Democrats, people in the media and Republicans get ahead of themselves, get ahead of where the facts are. Here we’re seeing Republicans get ahead of where the facts are.”
“It’s very important for people to really follow the example that we’re seeing from the prosecutors, which is everybody be deliberate, everybody be calm, report what we know to be fact. Don’t go further than that. I think the other night on that other channel we saw a senator getting excited about something that doesn’t appear to be supported by the facts.”
That’s one thing that hasn’t happened during the entire Mueller investigation: One side made up its mind that Trump colluded with the Russians, the other side concluded there is no “there there” (much like FBI agent Peter Strzok), and those in the middle are watching the media argue about it all based mostly on speculation.
Proceed from the facts? It might be time to try that for a change.
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