NYT reporter has ‘real problem’ with Jan 6 hearings showing Trump as ‘non factor’ in ‘crazy’ Oval Office meeting

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New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman asserted on CNN Wednesday that she believes that the Jan. 6th committee is going too easy on former President Trump, treating him as a “non-factor” and she thinks that’s “a real problem.”

Once again, an Oval Office meeting between Trump and others was resurrected as fodder for leftists. And Haberman tore into the red meat with gusto while appearing on CNN’s “AC360.”

She claimed that Trump was softly portrayed over the whole encounter during the proceedings and that he was painted as inconsequential. The really odd thing here is that the alleged “raucous,” profane, and threatening nature of that meeting wasn’t really reported on in-depth until now, conveniently for the Jan. 6 inquisition.

Haberman originally covered the meeting when it took place and relished playing it up in an overblown episode of leftist media reporting.

“Among those pushing back on the idea was Pat Cipollone, Meadows and even Giuliani. But Giuliani separately pushed DHS this week to seize control of voting machines to examine them for possible fraud. DHS said it has no authority to do that,” Haberman tweeted on Dec. 19, 2020, the day after the meeting.

“The meeting got raucous, with various administration members drifting in and out and different people arguing. Powell told others they were quitters, people people briefed on the meeting,” she added.

“The fact of the meeting – and Giuliani hope of seizing the voting machines – has alarmed some of the president’s advisers, who see his desire to take his refusal to accept the election results as in a dangerous new place,” Haberman added in the thread.

“Meadows and Cipollone strenuously and repeatedly objected to these suggestions, saying there was no constitutional basis, according to the people briefed,” she commented at the time.

She also spoke about Mike Flynn in the Twitter thread and claimed that Trump wanted to get attorney Sydney Powell a security clearance to pursue her theories on voter fraud.

Fast forward to the Select Committee proceedings which opened up on Tuesday by recounting the meeting on December 18th, 2020 as some sort of “clown car” event according to CNN host Anderson Cooper. Haberman was less than impressed with the lack of attention Trump got from the panel.

“Somehow the committee testimony featured live *underplayed* how crazy that Dec 18 meeting was. People were in tears of frustration afterward because of all the shouting,” she asserted.

“You tweeted today that the testimony underplayed how crazy that meeting was,” Cooper noted.

“To be clear, the participants of that meeting that we heard from themselves, which we had not before — that was pretty striking. Hearing them describe on the record how nuts they found this,” Haberman remarked.

“You know, there was something lost in some of the details. There was obviously exchanges that were described with Mike Flynn. I thought that was very dramatic. There were other things going back and forth. Trump was in and out. He was almost a nonfactor in descriptions of that meeting. That is a problem. He was a factor. He was asking lots of questions and making lots of points,” she charged.

Later on during the segment, she reiterated that people were in tears during the meeting but told Cooper that she didn’t believe it was Sydney Powell who was crying.

According to Mediaite, during the hearing where no one was allowed to dispute the allegations by leftists, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) declared that the meeting was “a heated and profane clash between this group and President Trump’s White House advisers who traded personal insults, accusations of disloyalty to the president and even challenges to physically fight.”

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