CNN’s Christopher Cuomo on Wednesday delivered a stunning lecture to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a Donald Trump backer who’s been hyping the so-called Devin Nunes memo in an effort to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
In an interview with Fox News, Gaetz declared the missing text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and Lisa Page “the biggest coincidence since the Immaculate Conception.”
“What are you talking about?” Cuomo asked Gaetz.
“Look, the notion, and again—this will be illuminated by the memo—but the notion that this five months, not any five months, this particular five months is where the black whole is?” Gaetz began. “That is one hell of a coincidence, because it’s precisely the time someone would be hatching a conspiracy, meeting with their ‘secret society,’ building out their ‘insurance policy‘ to—“
“You don’t even know that one exists,” Cuomo said, referring to the alleged secret society. The CNN host then wondered, “what do you mean by the Immaculate Conception?”
“Look, I was making the point that this is an absurd coincidence,” Gaetz said, grinning.
“But like what, what do you think happened with the Immaculate Conception?” Cuomo asked.
“The Immaculate Conception, it’s obviously a religion document that deals with the Christian faith,” Gaetz stammered.
“I know, but where is the analogy?” Cuomo pressed. “That’s what I don’t understand. What do you think happened with the Immaculate Conception?”
“Did you really bring me on to discuss my religion?” Gaetz retorted. “The Immaculate Conception is not how Jesus is born.”
“It was Mary’s conception, it was the mother’s conception without original sin,” Cuomo shot back. “Facts matter, congressman. If you’re going to make an analogy at least know what you’re talking about. Because you’ve gotta have a basis for these things. You only know what you show. You gotta release that memo, it’s gotta have the facts and you better figure out what this ‘secret society’ is before you say it’s a shadow organization within the FBI.”
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— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) January 25, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
Disney heiress who went undercover to Disneyland ‘livid’ at conditions and pay
Heiress Abigail Disney went to one of her family's resorts to see conditions for workers herself and was disgusted by what she saw.
In comments to Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes," Disney described how she went to Disneyland in California undercover and found that workers at the resort were treated poorly—and underpaid.
"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, 'I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,'" said Disney.
Ex-Peru president wanted for corruption arrested in the US
Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States Tuesday to face extradition to his home country on corruption charges, authorities in the South American nation said.
The 73-year-old is suspected of involvement in the sprawling Odebrecht scandal in which the construction giant paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes throughout the continent to secure huge public works contracts.
The Peruvian attorney general's office announced on Twitter that Toledo "was arrested this morning for extradition, in the United States."
Toledo has been formally charged with receiving a $20 million payment from Odebrecht to grant it the tender to build the Interoceanic Highway that links Peru with Brazil.
Comic-Con mines past for future hits on 50th edition
A smorgasbord of sequels, prequels and reunions from "Terminator" to "Game of Thrones" awaits thousands of misty-eyed comic book geeks and sci-fi nerds descending on San Diego this week for the world's largest celebration of pop culture fandom.
The 50th edition of Comic-Con International will see 135,000 cosplayers, bloggers, movie executives and humble fans pile into a sweaty convention center for glimpses of their heroes, in town to promote the next mega-hit films, TV shows and comic books.
This anniversary edition promises to be more nostalgia-laden than most -- among those expected to appear are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who will soon reunite on screen for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2" for Paramount's killer cyborg sequel "Dark Fate."