CNN’s John Avlon on Tuesday did a “Reality Check” segment in which he zeroed in on “buried ledes” hidden within special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that have so far not gained much attention from the news media.
Among other things, Avlon says the Mueller report showed that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange knowingly promoted a false conspiracy theory about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich as a way to cover up the Russian government’s involvement in sending him information. Mueller also found that the Russians were successful in hacking into an election database in Florida, which he said “raises a lot more questions” about why Trump’s administration hasn’t been more forthcoming about information surrounding the Russian hacks.
Avlon also says that there are lots of holes in the Mueller report, including the role that Trump-backing data company Cambridge Analytica may have played in coordinating with WikiLeaks to distribute hacked material. The Mueller report is also notably silent, Avlon argues, on the “Trump-Moscow money trail” and whether Trump’s business dealings have left him open to being compromised by Russian intelligence.
Avlon says it’s possible that these matters have been farmed out to other prosecutors — and if they haven’t been, he argues, then House Democrats will almost certainly pick them up in the coming weeks.
Watch the video below.
CNN buried in scorn for asking final debate question on Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush’s friendship
Viewers lambasted CNN on Tuesday for using its time with Democratic presidential candidates to bring up Ellen DeGeneres' friendship with former President George W. Bush, who is considered to be a war criminal by some Democratic voters.
CNN asked about the friendship at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, where moderator Anderson Cooper put the question to the entire field of candidates -- even though no questions had been asked about climate change or China.
Watch the video and read some of the Twitter responses below.
Julián Castro says Atatiana Jefferson’s name on debate stage: ‘Police violence is also gun violence’
Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said on Tuesday that he would not support the mandatory buyback of assault-style weapons because it could be lead to more police violence.
At Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, Castro was asked if he supported Beto O'Rourke's plan to buy back assault weapons.
Castro argued that unless police go "door-to-door" then the buyback program "is not truly mandatory."
"But in the places I grew up in, we weren’t exactly looking for another reason for cops to come banging on the door," he said, pointing to the recent shooting of Atatiana Jefferson by an officer in Fort Worth.
Tom Steyer slams corporate power: We’ve seen ‘a 40-year attack on the rights of working people’
At Tuesday night's presidential debate in Ohio, billionaire investor and political activist Tom Steyer — for whom this was the first debate he had qualified — gave an impassioned defense of worker rights and a call to dismantle the political power of big corporations.
"First of all, let me say this. Senator Sanders is right," said Steyer. "There have been 40 years where corporations have bought this government and those 40 years have meant a 40-year attack on the rights of working people and specifically on organized labor. The results are as shameful as Sen. Sanders says, both in terms of assets and in terms of income. It's absolutely wrong. It's absolutely undemocratic and unfair. I was one of the first people on this stage to propose a wealth tax. I would undo every Republican tax cut for rich people and major corporations."