Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Tuesday asserted that President Donald Trump’s personal attorney is “effectively a Russian asset.”
Murphy made the comments about Rudy Giuliani during an interview on CNN after the president’s lawyer attempted to smear Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, by planting a story about alleged corruption in the New York Post.
“I can confirm that [Russia’s] campaign of misinformation and propaganda and interference is bigger, is broader and is more problematic than it was in 2016,” Murphy told CNN’s Jim Sciutto. “The Russians this time around have decided to cultivate U.S. citizens as assets. They are attempting to spread their propaganda in the mainstream media.”
“And they’ve been successful,” he continued. “Rudy Giuliani is effectively a Russian asset at this point.”
Murphy argued that Americans should “believe what you see” when it comes to Giuliani.
“I can’t say if Giuliani knows he’s been put in the position of spreading Russian misinformation except that [Giuliani contact Andrii Derkach] has been labeled a Russian agent, right?” the senator remarked. “It has been fully disclosed that he is on the payroll of the Russian government.”
“At some point you have to believe what you see, which is that individuals who are identified Russian agents or are conspiring with Russian agents are providing the information upon which mainstream media are reporting,” Murphy said. “You have to understand what the deal is here. And again, I’m not alone here. Fifty high level intelligence agents came out and said that this is most likely Russian propaganda.”
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Conservative columnist accuses Republicans of turning their voters into a mob of anti-democracy fascists
Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin attacked Republican officials who have spent the past decade turning their most ardent supporters into a kind of anti-democracy mob.
Writing her column on Monday, Rubin cited the CNN interviews with Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) and John Bolton as being one of a handful of Republicans willing to speak out against the tyranny that President Donald Trump is being allowed to continue.
“State election officials and judges throughout the country are serving as protectors of our democracy at a time when, frankly, Republican leaders in Washington, D.C., are failing miserably at the job, as are administration officials who have proven willing to degrade themselves, to serve the president’s brittle spirit instead of the Constitution and the American people," Rubin cited CNN's Jake Tapper from "State of the Union" this Sunday.
WATCH: Melania Trump goes maskless as she participates in White House Christmas tree delivery
First Lady Melania Trump declined to wear a face mask as she was receiving this year's White House Christmas tree.
In White House video released on Monday, the first lady can be seen without a mask while accepting delivery of the tree. However, masks were worn by everyone else seen in the video.
The White House has been criticized for allowing COVID-19 to spread at events where attendees are not required to wear masks. At least two "super spreader" events have already taken place at the White House.
The First Lady's Office has said that Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations are expected to take place with smaller crowds.
The Republican Party has already burst at the seams in the wake of Trump’s defeat: conservative columnist
Almost three weeks after Election Day — with President-elect Joe Biden having won 306 electoral votes and defeating President Donald Trump by more than 6 million in the popular vote — Trump has yet to concede and continues to claim, without evidence, that the election was stolen from him through widespread voter fraud. Some prominent Republicans, including Sen. Mitt Romney, are urging Trump to acknowledge Biden's victory, while others won't say a word against the president. And conservative Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, in a November 23 column, argues that these divisions with the GOP need to become a litmus test — and that Republicans who refuse to accept the election results should become pariahs.