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WATCH: Nicolle Wallace says Trump ‘stumbled into a major intel scandal’ — and lists the questions Democrats must ask

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President Donald Trump speaking with reporters on the White House lawn (screengrab)

MSNBC “Deadline: White House” anchor Nicolle Wallace predict President Donald Trump “stumbled into a major intel scandal” on Tuesday and broke down a list of questions that Democrats need to ask when they take over Congress in January.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has reportedly concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Trump, however, dismissed the CIA findings in a Tuesday statement.

“Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!” the statement read. “That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi.”

“It is what it is,” Trump said while leaving the White House.

“Because of Donald Trump’s statement today, there’s also a great chance that the White House just stumbled into a major intel scandal,” Wallace noted.

Wallace went on to list a number of questions that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) may want answered.

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“When was the president briefed on the intelligence community’s assessment regarding MBS’ role in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?” she asked.

“When the president floated the Saudi line about rogue killers being behind the savage murder of a U.S. resident, did the president already know, had he already been briefed that MBS was responsible?” she continued.

“Did the intelligence community describe Khashoggi as an enemy of the state and member of the Muslim Brotherhood as Donald Trump did today in his statement?” she asked.

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“What U.S. government agencies signed off on today’s statement from the White House,” she wondered.

Did any U.S. government agency signal any concern about that White House statement today that contradicts the intelligence community assessment?” Wallace asked.

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“And finally, what happens next now that the United States has signaled to nations like Saudi Arabia, Russia, China, and others — that the United States is so fundamentally weak and so scared that we will tolerate all manner of human rights abuses including Russia’s killing of dissidents with chemical weapons, Saudi Arabia’s slaughter of a U.S. permanent resident?” she asked. “What happens next?”

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Expert explains why ‘systemic conservatism’ continues to prevail in America

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On the Sunday after the November 3rd presidential election, Utah Senator Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, congratulated President-elect Joe Biden but insisted that the overall election was an endorsement of conservative principles. He pointed to the gains Republicans made in the House, though they are still in the minority, and the failure of the Democrats to capture control of the Senate, at least so far. Romney found further evidence in the Democrats' inability to flip GOP-controlled statehouses.

Romney, however, is mistaken in his basic assertion. First of all, Biden won by more than 5 million popular votes, nearly 4 percent more than Trump's total. The president-elect obtained the highest number of popular votes in the nation's history. Biden's margin of victory, contrary to Romney's claim, is not a mandate for conservatism. Rather, at the very least, the election was a referendum on President Trump's leadership, which of course Trump used to promote conservative ideas concerning tax cuts for the wealthy and the relaxation of business and environmental regulations.

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Expert breaks down the ultimate goal of Trump’s ‘classic Russian-style disinformation campaign’

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Jonathan Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, spoke with CNN's Brian Stelter on Sunday to explain the ultimate goal of President Donald Trump's false accusations of a rigged and stolen election.

Rauch was asked by Stelter if the issue is Trump is simply trapped in the delusion that he actually beat President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

"Is delusion a fair word for these election lies?" Stelter wondered.

"No, actually, I don't think it is," Rauch replied. "It's hard to know what's going on in the mind of the president, but you don't really need to. What you need to know is that what he is running right now is a classic Russian-style disinformation campaign of a type known as the firehose of falsehood. That's when you utilize every channel, not just media, but also the bully pulpit, even litigation to push out as many different stories and conspiracy theories and lies and half-truths as you possibly can in order to flood the zone if with disinformation."

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Inside the spread of conspiracies and disinformation by women on social media

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“The QAnon stuff infiltrated Instagram and seeped into the suburban consciousness of American women to a certain extent, and they bought into it,” according to experts.

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Since the internet’s advent, conspiracy theories have acquired followings online. Now, in the era of social media, people use platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread disinformation and misinformation. Instagram, the Facebook-owned image platform where influencers tout luxury, beauty and consumer culture, has also become an online home for conspiracies. And lately, one has been particularly prolific: QAnon.

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