Lies coming out of the mouths of Republican lawmakers were likely put there by the White House, according to a report on Tuesday.
HuffPost's Jennifer Bendery pointed out on Twitter that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) had refuted statements made by his fellow Republicans about a whistleblower who alleges President Donald Trump tried to get one or more foreign governments to interfere in U.S. politics.
According to Bendery, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Sen. David Purdue (R-GA) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) have all been caught repeating a falsehood that was found on White Hose talking points claiming real whistleblowers do not have "second-hand" knowledge of the alleged crimes.
The talking points also blamed the "deep state" for an attack on Donald Trump's presidency.
In fact, a whistleblower is not required to have first-hand knowledge of the issue. But this whistleblower is said to have relayed first-hand accounts in the complaint.
Read the statements and the talking points below.
Grassley's statement doesn't just shut down Trump's comments on what constitutes a whistleblower. It shuts down ma… https://t.co/rsQBbisPmR— Jennifer Bendery (@Jennifer Bendery)1569943349.0
For ex, here's @SenBillCassidy on Thurs to reporters: "The definition of a whistleblower is somebody who has first… https://t.co/fGg9LwXvYu— Jennifer Bendery (@Jennifer Bendery)1569943481.0
@SenBillCassidy And here's @sendavidperdue making the same false claim to reporters on Thursday: "First of all, it… https://t.co/We3fy0660z— Jennifer Bendery (@Jennifer Bendery)1569943570.0
@SenBillCassidy @sendavidperdue Here's @JohnCornyn also falsely claiming that the Ukraine whistleblower isn't a rea… https://t.co/bLDullgo03— Jennifer Bendery (@Jennifer Bendery)1569946067.0
@SenBillCassidy @sendavidperdue @JohnCornyn Why would GOP senators all be spreading false information about what co… https://t.co/pNp1dmkglz— Jennifer Bendery (@Jennifer Bendery)1569946411.0