CIA: Washington Post Report Linking Russian Government to Trump Election Hacking Is “Outright Lie”
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The Central Intelligence Agency is declaring the Washington Post’s much-hyped story linking the Russian government to hacking the presidential election to help Donald Trump an “outright lie,” according to CIA personnel with direct knowledge of the case.
The Washington Post, in a front-page splash on Friday, fingered the CIA for allegedly confirming the wild rumors of Russian hacking that were concocted and spread by Democratic lawmakers for months preceding the election and the weeks since the GOP win. The Washington Post’s story, however, contained no CIA sources and in fact, no credible U.S. intelligence agency sources whatsoever. Instead, it hinged on what unnamed lawmakers had supposedly been told by unidentified, supposed CIA-linked sources in “secret” briefings: That the CIA had developed proof the Russian state waged an orchestrated campaign to destabilize the U.S. election to benefit GOP-candidate Trump.Read More
“Congressman Issa is currently working on a proposal that would offer temporary status for some qualifying aliens already present,” Frederick Hill, Issa’s spokesman, wrote in an email.
On Tuesday morning, The Hill reported that Issa was working on such a bill. “Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has also started work on a bill that would deal with the immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, and has been briefing stakeholders on it for feedback, according to three people familiar with the matter,” The Hill’s Jennifer Martinez wrote. “It’s unclear when Issa will put the bill forward, sources say, but his aim is to jump-start a discussion in the House about the divisive issue.”Read More
House speaker John Boehner continues to insist that he won’t allow a vote on an immigration-reform bill that doesn’t have the support of a majority of the House GOP caucus. He recently extended that pledge to include any bill that might result from a conference committee — an official, bicameral negotiation that typically occurs when each chamber has passed legislation on the same issue. But opponents of the Senate-passed Gang of Eight bill are still skeptical. “We aren’t concerned about what passes the House, the concern is what passes out of conference,” a conservative GOP aide tells National Review Online. “Once you to go to conference, you lose control of the situation.”
There’s worry among conservatives outside the Capitol, too: Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, says she thinks that “if the House passes anything and it goes to conference, it will come out of conference, and it will be the Senate bill.”Read More
Many conservatives gave Sen. Marco Rubio the benefit of the doubt when he said securing the border first was a top priority for the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform effort. Later, when those conservatives realized that Rubio’s plan would first legalize the country’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, and only then put new border security measures in place, they expressed deep disappointment and disillusionment.
Conservative radio host Andrea Tantaros asked Cruz during an interview on her program if he planned to launch an old-fashioned talking filibuster if necessary so the American people could have more time to learn about the loopholes, waivers, and kickbacks in the bill before senators voted on it. While Cruz did not rule out such a possibility, he did suggest such a move would be unlikely because Reid and Senate Democrats will block any attempt at making it happen.
“I think what’s likely the way it’s going to play out in the Senate is that Harry Reid is not going to relinquish the Senate floor,” Cruz responded. ”So, there’s not going to be an opportunity to do that.”Read More
For Immediate Release June 21, 2013 Contact: Stephen Miller, 202.224.4124Read More