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WATCH: Chris Cuomo annihilates Tea Party lawmaker’s ‘Dan Brown’-caliber FBI conspiracy theory

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday dropped the hammer on Rep. Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) argument that FBI surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was part of a larger plot by the Obama administration to take down Donald Trump’s candidacy.

“What kind of caper is this, that this is what they came up with to hurt President Trump is to put surveillance on Carter Page, a guy that had almost no real connection to Trump… and then do it just for a few weeks before the election, and they think this is going to affect the outcome of the race?” Cuomo asked Jordan. “It’s preposterous.”

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Jordan responded by pivoting away from Page and going off on text messages written between FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strzok that said former President Obama “wants to know everything we’re doing.”

As Cuomo pointed out, however, this particular text was referring to Obama wanting to know everything about Russia’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, as he was scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin just days later.

At the end of the segment, Cuomo slammed the door shut on any notion that the FBI was part of a secret conspiracy to bring down Trump during the 2016 presidential election.

“Peter Strzok wrote the letter about reopening the [Hillary Clinton email] case,” he said. “Jim Comey crushed Hillary Clinton. This is crazy unless Dan Brown is writing it and putting it in a book!”

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Watch the video, via Think Progress, below.


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