In case you missed it, this is the big bombshell the New York Times dropped Monday afternoon that has journalists busy tweeting and retweeting:
Breaking News: President Trump pushed Australia's prime minister to help Attorney General William Barr in an investigation intended to rebut the Mueller inquiry https://t.co/HNFx7TF5aI
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 30, 2019
As Twitchy noted earlier, note how the Times uses words like “pushed” and “pressed,” whereas a spokesman for the Australian government essentially tweeted that they were happy to help in any way they could. No quid pro quo here, move along.
Brit Hume started to pick apart the piece by pointing out a bit that was pure speculation:
And this is also pure opinion: “….discussion with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia shows the extent to which Mr. Trump sees the attorney general as a critical partner to… show that the Mueller investigation had corrupt and partisan origins.” https://t.co/4ssBSs8GNF
— Brit Hume (@brithume) September 30, 2019
Also note — @realDonaldTrump said this to reporters in May-the AG “is going to look at a lot of documents…& I hope he looks at the UK, & I hope he looks at Australia, &I hope he looks at Ukraine. I hope he looks at everything, b/c there was a hoax perpetrated on our country” https://t.co/7pmfwfBIeY
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) September 30, 2019
Not sure how the New York Times considers that breaking news if Trump told them back in May he was going to do it.
Good recall. Of course a serious investigation into the #SteeleDossier is going to involve Australia. Sheesh. These breathless hot takes from folks who apparently don’t know that there is a significant investigation into dossier, FISA abuse, compromise of FBI/IC standards. https://t.co/Tw405QsxmH
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) September 30, 2019
They knew but they are in full panic mode now. Fasten seatbelts bumpy ride ahead.
— James Roberts (@JamesRoberta7) September 30, 2019
Everyone should have known the swamp dwellers would not go quietly. This is playing out like an episode of Designated Survivor. It’s only going to get worse. They can’t afford to wait till Election Day to ? Trump. Their lies will be exposed by then.
— BrianMH (@blocks_learning) September 30, 2019
Your damn right Trump should be investigating those countries there was a major coup attempt and he has every right and quite frankly obligation to find out what happened….
— Bart Rule (@bartrulez) September 30, 2019
Suddenly Democrats find the word investigation dirty when it comes to looking under the hood of their clown car..
— Bird Nerd ?????? (@rescuemomoffive) September 30, 2019
The NYT article makes me want to vote for Trump in 2020 simply because he is the rare politician who actually does what he said he would do.
— PCH Political (@pchpolitical) September 30, 2019
And the president was and is right. There’s been a slow simmering Cabal headed towards hijacking our democracy. Perhaps the president is right that evil and good will clash ultimately if this goes any further
— SMMB56 (@SMB56) September 30, 2019
Since when is the sitting president not allowed to look into a coup attempt perpetrated by elements of our own CIA, FBI, and State Department on his campaign and presidency? The president does not have LESS rights than any other American.
— Willow (@Willowinski) September 30, 2019
Comey said they couldn’t verify the dossier so if it was used(it was)to start the surveillance of Team Trump don’t we deserve to know where the false info came from?
— Tim Towner (@towner_tim) September 30, 2019
60M+ are wondering the same thing.
— daniel mceleney (@DMceleney) September 30, 2019
And we should investigate. Didn’t we investigate Trump/Russian meddling for 3 years?
— PoorRichard (@PoorRic78938881) September 30, 2019
Wow Bret, that is a bombshell report! So the President ordered a corruption probe back in May. Dems won't like this.
— ac (@accampbell2) September 30, 2019
New York Times scoop on President Trump ‘pressing’ Australia’s PM for help isn’t really a bombshell https://t.co/MBMpD5DtVS
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 30, 2019