On Saturday, CNN’s Michael Smerconish confronted former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page — who has long cast himself as a victim of a sinister FBI plot — with the upcoming results of the Justice Department inspector general report finding there was no deliberate bias against the president in the FBI’s investigation of Russia.
“Look, I’m looking at the front page of today’s New York Times,” said Smerconish. “‘Report is said to clear FBI of bias claims, but sloppiness is cited in Russian inquiry’ … what I, as a citizen, am most interested in, with no disrespect to your personal interests, was the probe born of bias? And the answer to that is, no.”
“Well, Michael, I think you — the key word that you just said is ‘sloppiness,’ right? And unfortunately, the way that this inspector general report has been assembled and completed over the last couple of years, and particularly over the last few months, is completely sloppy,” said Page. “It’s only one side’s perspective. we’ll see whether what The New York Times reported is the complete story, but by all accounts, you know, all I know is [IG Michael] Horowitz, in September, had said that they’ve interviewed 100 people. And most of these people were involved in this coup, cabal, from the very beginning. So it’s been very sloppy all along.”
“I was most interested to learn what, apparently, this report is going to say about this mystery man from Malta, Joseph Mifsud,” said Smerconish. “For those who know the underlying facts, he tells [ex-Trump aide George] Papadopoulos that the Russians have dirt on Hillary, and the allegation has been that he was really an FBI person. Apparently, Horowitz will say that is not the case, that he was not an FBI informant. Again, I’m focused on how it all began. It doesn’t seem it began of bias.”
“Again, if you have bad facts, then the law, you can do whatever you want with it, basically,” insisted Page. “There’s massive questions. I think maybe we’ll get a few initial facts here in this preliminary report on December 9, but you know, there’s obviously so much more to be done on this.”
WATCH: Van Jones delivers epic lecture on CNN after Trump ‘refused to condemn white supremacy’
CNN political analyst Van Jones tore into Donald Trump after the president's highly controversial decision to repeatedly refuse to condemn white supremacy at the first 2020 general election debate.
"Only three things happened for me tonight," Jone said.
"Number one, Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacy," he explained.
"Number two, the president of the United States refused to condemn white supremacy," he continued.
"Number three, the commander-in-chief refused to condemn white supremacy on the global stage -- in front of my children, in front of everybody's families -- and he was given the opportunity multiple times to condemn white supremacy," Jones said.
Jake Tapper stunned by Trump’s debate: ‘That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck’
CNN Jake Tapper reacted in shock on Tuesday following the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.
"That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck," Tapper said. "That was the worst debate I have ever seen. In fact, it wasn't even a debate. It was a disgrace."
"And it's primarily because of President Trump," he remarked, "who spent the entire time interrupting, not abiding by the rules that he agreed to, lying, maliciously attacking the son of the vice president. When asked to condemn white supremacists, he brought up the name of a neo-fascist, far-right group and said, 'Stand back and stand by.'"
Here’s all the evidence you need that the tax code wasn’t written for you
The New York Times reported that Trump only paid $750 in taxes in 2016 and again in 2017, and documented how much of his lavish lifestyle he could write off. I have no proof that this travesty is actually true. But there is plenty of evidence that his tax code is definitely not written for you, the average reader. It’s designed to do exactly what The New York Times is reporting.
You’ve probably read stories about how Warren Buffett realized his secretary was paying more in taxes than he was. Well, it’s hardly an isolated tale.