CNN Host Erin Burnett and former Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY) got into a heated discussion when the former Congresswoman tried to pivot to Benghazi when Burnett brought up the Russia scandal.
It was revealed Friday afternoon that the FBI ran a kind of “war room” of agents and analysts monitoring a feed of fake news it saw coming out of Russian bots on Election Day. It was also found in March that the bots targeted Trump because it was well known he would repeat fake news.
“This is a really important one,” Burnett said. “Because … we don’t know if this affected the outcome of the election.”
She asked if it impacted the election and former Hillary Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon said that at this point no one really knows.
“It may very well just be that,” Fallon said. “But we have heard testimony in the months since the election from FBI counter intelligence officials that have talked about the sophistication with which the Russians mounted this campaign. They didn’t just write these fake news stories. They had a sophisticated army of Twitter bots and other adopted personas on line that described themselves as midwestern blue collar voters so people would share it and believe it if you thought it was your neighbor down the street when it was really somebody operating out of eastern Europe.”
Hayworth was shaking her head. Burnett called her out on it wondering why President Donald Trump can’t admit that these bots helped him. They also were able to manipulate Bernie Sanders supporters during the primary.
“Because there is no evidence that the president endeavored to engage the Russians in helping him,” Hayworth said.
“OK, but that’s not the point,” Burnett replied. “He still doesn’t admit they tried to help him.”
“If anybody should understand fake news, I will gave Brian and Secretary Clinton credit because if anybody should understand fake news, it would be Secretary Clinton because she purveyed fake news after Benghazi.”
“Again, you’re changing the conversation. I don’t want to talk about Benghazi,” Burnett called out Hayworth. “I did a whole hour long documentary about Benghazi.”
Hayworth shot back that Clinton can’t cry “fake news” when Hayworth claimed that she used it. The reference was that the instability in the area lead many to believe that the protests a several miles away were connected to the attacks on the embassy. They were found not to be connected, but the U.S. intelligence wasn’t revealed until days after the fact.
“What’s the matter with just focussing on this issue?” Burnett asked. “I’m freely willing to admit that I can’t say that this changed the result of the election. But even if it didn’t, it is still a problem that Republicans and Democrats should be able to come together and solve. Marco Rubio said during the campaign that in the next campaign it could be the Republicans that are the target of the Russian government or another government. Let’s resolve to get to the bottom of this and stop these effects to meddle in the democratic process.”
Watch the exchange below:
‘Why do we need camo in space’: Trump’s Space Force ridiculed for woodland camouflage uniforms
On Friday, the United States Space Force released an image of their new uniforms on Twitter.
The image shows a Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) for a four-star general in a woodland camouflage pattern, with a matching camo nametape.
However, many people were confused as to why the Space Force would use uniforms designed to blend in on earth.
Here's some of what people were saying:
Sorry for the question but why do we need camo in space?
BUSTED: National Archives caught doctoring exhibit to remove criticism of President Trump from women
The National Archives were caught editing an artifact from the Trump administration to remove criticism of the president, according to a bombshell new report in The Washington Post.
The newspaper reported on a "large color photograph" at the National Archives exhibit marking the centennial of women's suffrage.
"The 49-by-69-inch photograph is a powerful display. Viewed from one perspective, it shows the 2017 march. Viewed from another angle, it shifts to show a 1913 black-and-white image of a women’s suffrage march also on Pennsylvania Avenue. The display links momentous demonstrations for women’s rights more than a century apart on the same stretch of pavement. But a closer look reveals a different story," the newspaper noted.
Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’
Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.
It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.
Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.
Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.