CNN just a 24-hour Trump smear machine

CNN is staging a phony public media trial of President Donald Trump and his private attorney Rudy Giuliani ahead of the 2020 elections.

The network is part of the orchestrated media plot to dismantle the reputations of the president and anyone associated with him, declaring them guilty of various unindicted and unprosecuted crimes.

Conservative activist group Project Veritas released a batch of secretly recorded videos in October that caught CNN network president Jeff Zucker ordering producers to drop coverage of a “really good and important story” about the Department of Homeland Security. He preferred to run a fake news hoax hammering Trump on illegal immigration and impeachment.

“I don’t think we should move on from shooting migrants at the border in the legs and considering having, you know, alligators and snakes in the moat,” Zucker told staffers. “I know there is 7,000 impeachment stories and I’m the one that’s saying we should just stay on impeachment, but when … a story of this magnitude comes up and you can objectively say, ‘You’re out of your mind,’ you should do it and say, ‘You’re out of your mind,'” said Zucker.

CNN has become impeachment central, with its very own feature section on its website and a weekly special called The Impeachment Inquiry: White House in Crisis.

They keep alive debunked talking points from Democrats about a phone call Trump made to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky urging him to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, a 2020 presidential candidate, and his son Hunter Biden.

Democrats keep insisting Trump used 400 million dollars in military aid as a quid pro quo, even though the now-unclassified transcript had no reference to one. The aid was also released to the country without the launching of an investigation into his so-called “political rival.”

This is another version of the Russia hoax concocted by Trump’s political enemies, which was debunked after a criminal probe by former special counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year.

They had accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of personally assisting Trump with stealing the 2016 election from “the anointed candidate” Hillary Clinton, who was merely waiting around for her guaranteed ascension to the presidency of the United States.

The players are different, featuring a number of intelligence officials who were operating in the shadows of the White House laying traps, listening to phone calls, scrutinizing Trump’s every move and waiting to launch their next hoax. Now we are in the throes of their latest criminal accusation centering on a new country, Ukraine.

The theme is the same — Trump was using a foreign country to interfere in yet another election, 2020, using a new president, Volodymyr Zelensky. They aren’t very original are they?

CNN ran the latest edition of their impeachment special on Sunday. Host Anderson Cooper declared: “Some of the unanswered questions in the Ukraine affair could remain that way for now. There’s plenty of them right now.”

Cooper introduced a video clip of Senior Global Affairs Analyst Bianna Golodryga who began: “Was it a perfect phone call or was there a quid pro quo, and is there any hard evidence President Trump used military aid to get political help from a foreign government? These are some of the key things we don’t know yet.”

She zeroed in on the controversial statement of his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney at a mid-October press conference. “President Trump says he did nothing wrong,” said Golodryga, “but his acting chief of staff said this before walking it back: “I have news for everybody. Get over it.” There is going to be political influence in foreign policy.”

“The president never told me to withhold any money until the Ukrainians did anything related to the server. The only reasons we were holding the money was because of concern about lack of support from other nations and concerns over corruption, Mulvaney added.”

His statement was widely viewed by Democrats and the media as a public acknowledgment that Trump used a quid pro quo to threaten Zelensky.
CNN didn’t bother to run Mulvaney’s follow-up statement the next day: “Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election.”

Golodryga attacked the transcript of the call released by the White House, calling it “rough,” playing on allegations by Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman. He testified that he tried and failed to add key details to the transcript, questioning its accuracy.

“Trump says the transcript is an exact replica of the conversation, though we learned this week that the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, who was on the same phone call, disputed that claim.” said Golodryga.

She dismissed questions about cybersecurity company CrowdStrike’s conclusion that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee in 2016, as a “conspiracy theory.”

Trump asked Zolonsky: “I would like you to do us a favor though, because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it,” Trump said. “I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say CrowdStrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people … The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation.”

CrowdStrike was co-founded by Dmitri Alperovitch, a Russian-born U.S. citizen. He serves as a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, which receives funding from Victor Pinchuk, a Ukrainian billionaire who has donated to the Clinton Foundation. Trump suggested that the DNC’s server might be in Ukraine. Perhaps an investigation would have settled the issue, but that’s the last thing Trump’s critics want.

Golodryga repeated another Democratic talking point that the president tried to hide the phone call on a “secret server.”

“Trump also says he was simply asking Ukraine to investigate corruption in their country. If that’s the case then why was the transcript initially hidden on a highly classified server?” she asked.

The president can secure a phone call with a foreign leader wherever he wants, and had been doing so with good reason for months after anonymous leakers were transmitting information about his calls to the media.

CNN Investigative Reporter Drew Griffin introduced another segment of the special impeachment report by turning on Trump’s attorney.
“Another unknown — just how far did Rudy Giuliani go in his talks with the Ukrainians? Giuliani had been pressuring them for months to look into the 2016 election “conspiracy theory” and into the Bidens,” said Griffin.

He painted the president’s attorney as a broke grifter exploiting his connection to the president and the White House to enrich himself, even though he has been running a highly lucrative management consulting and security consulting business since 2002, with annual revenue estimated at $40 million.

Griffin interviewed former federal prosecutor Ken McCallion, who claimed “there is this jumble of legal representation, business dealings, and private diplomacy that Mr. Giuliani is engaged in, that I think, from what I hear, is the subject of some intense scrutiny by the US attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, which he formally headed up.”

Griffin inquired: “His number one client doesn’t pay him, so he’s gotta get paid by somebody. I mean are you suggesting that Rudy Giuliani’s primary purpose for representing the president is so that he can sell his influence overseas?

“Absolutely,” said McCallion, “The quantum of influence peddling with President Trump has led to millions of dollars in receipts by Mr. Giuliani and his firm.”

Cooper wrapped up the segment asking Griffin, “We know prosecutors have been investigating Giuliani’s business dealings in the Ukraine. Is he a target at this point?”

“Anderson, what sources are telling CNN is that Giuliani’s actions are certainly a central focus of this now months-long inquiry into Ukraine,” said Griffin, “but because he is the president’s lawyer and an election is coming up, we are told not to expect things to move on him that quickly, not just because there is an election, but also because these cases involving violation in foreign lobbying acts are very hard to prove and they just could take longer, Anderson.”

A group of Republican congressmen sent a letter to the network’s president in October for refusing to air President Donald Trump’s campaign ads on the network.

“As your news organization seems to have lost all sense of objectivity, spinning itself into oblivion to support left-leaning candidates and participating in distortions against conservative candidates, you have still operated within the boundaries of the First Amendment. CNN has the right to spout your political commentators’ opinions while millions of Americans change the channel to something else,” the letter concluded.