On CNN Monday, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta questioned Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on his claims about the Russian bounty scandal.
“First of all, what is your reaction to that new report we have coming in, just in the last several minutes, that this information about bounties, Russian bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, was included in the president’s daily brief?”
“The question is, was it in the briefing book or briefed to him, two separate things,” said Kinzinger. “I worked in the White House, these intel agencies basically take the most important parts of that and brief it verbally to the president.”
“You were one of eight Republican lawmakers briefed on this intelligence today,” said Acosta. “You said that it shouldn’t have risen to the president’s level at that point because there was conflicting intelligence. Shouldn’t the commander in chief be briefed about a threat to U.S. troops, Russian bounties on U.S., troops even if the intelligence gathering is still in progress or if there is conflicting information? It sounds serious enough where it should rise to the level of telling the president.”
“Yeah, I don’t think it shouldn’t have been told to the president,” said Kinzinger. “What I said — and meant, if I didn’t quite say it right — is there was conflicting evidence. So that’s where you have to make a decision. Especially on something as big as Russia … the real issue here, though, is if it is true, and we know—”
“Do you know that to be the case, Congressman, that the president did not know about it?” said Acosta.
“That’s what I’ve been told,” said Kinzinger. “If I was told inaccurately, then, no, but I think he wasn’t briefed on it, that’s for sure. And from what I’m told, so I do know that, look, if the Russians in fact — and they have meddled in Afghanistan for quite some time — if they were doing this, let’s let this come out, and then the president needs to take aggressive action at that point. You can’t really do it if you don’t know.”
GOP lawmaker hammered on CNN for ‘idiotic’ claim the economy is too healthy for a new stimulus
On CNN Saturday, financial columnist Michelle Singletary ripped Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) for claiming that the economy may be too good right now for another round of stimulus.
"I want to read to you what Senator Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana, said regarding the potential stimulus," said co-anchor Christi Paul. "He said if it turns out the economy is recovering, that's a good thing and direct stimulus checks may not be necessary. Do you get the sense that the economy is recovering? And that these check wills not be needed?"
Trump’s Mt Rushmore speech trashed on CNN for being nonsense straight out of the ‘Hannity universe’
On CNN Saturday, reporter Brian Stelter tore into President Donald Trump's Mount Rushmore speech.
"The president had a chance to deliver one of these unifying messages, especially ahead of Independence Day, but instead he chose to go on the attack," said anchor Christi Paul. "Do you think that was the right strategy and why?"
"It sounded like a Stephen Miller speech," said Stelter. "And that is something that appeals to the parts of the president's base that he really focuses on. This is wartime conservativism [sic], this belief that conservatives are at war trying to protect the country from change."
‘Gaslighting on a massive scale’: Doctor warns Trump is lying us into a COVID disaster
On CNN Friday, Dr. Celine Grounder tore into President Donald Trump's ongoing falsehoods about the coronavirus pandemic.
"No matter how many times public health officials, especially like Anthony Fauci, speak the truth, what does it do, Doctor, when the president continues to lie to the public in face of a public health crisis?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.
"This is gaslighting on an enormous scale, and means until people eventually get sick or their family members get sick, the communities hit hard, they won't believe it, and then it will be too late," said Grounder. "The problem is there's a lag period from the time that somebody's infected and starts to develop symptoms a couple days later. We don't see people get severely sick and need to be hospitalized and in ICUs until a week into disease, and talking about probably one to two weeks of lag time from the time somebody's exposed at least before you start to see hospitalizations and then another couple weeks before you start to see deaths."