by Debra Heine
Senator Lindsey Graham gave a powerful opening statement to kick off Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, but if you were watching CNN or MSNBC, you wouldn’t know it.
Horowitz is on Capitol Hill to testify before senators about his report on the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
His report, published Monday, concluded that the investigation was adequately predicated and not influenced by bias, but his team found many disturbing deficiencies and inaccuracies in how the bureau conducted its probe.
Both MSNBC and CNN blocked their viewers from watching Graham’s entire opening statement.
They are COVERING UP the truth. They are nothing more than propaganda for the Democrats! pic.twitter.com/i7wyLNPVgl
— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) December 11, 2019
Major misstep by CNN, after blanketing Democratic hearings, to blow off Lindsey Graham's opening statement (and Feinstein's) at IG hearing. And MSNBC dipped in and out of Graham. Fuels the criticism that they've taken sides
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) December 11, 2019
CNN and MSNBC refusing to run Senator Lindsey Graham’s opening statement in the Horowitz hearing. The most blatant form of media bias that I have ever seen. RIP, American journalism.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) December 11, 2019
CNN aired everything Schiff & Nadler had to say. Why aren’t they showing @LindseyGrahamSC? Is it because the facts of how the FBI mistreated @realDonaldTrump contradict their coverage over the last 3 years? https://t.co/AdVYf8RHzV
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) December 11, 2019
CNN is not taking the Senate Horowitz hearing live. Unbelievable. A perfect example of how bias works. It’s not just what they cover. It’s what they don’t cover.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) December 11, 2019
Apparently, MSNBC switched to full screen coverage the minute ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein began her statement.
CBS, NBC and ABC aren't covering it either. Regular programming.
MSNBC literally just switched back to full screen coverage of the hearing when Feinstein started talking.
— Roscoe B Davis🎖⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@RoscoeBDavis1) December 11, 2019
Rather than covering Graham’s opening statement, CNN aired Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) blathering about the impeachment of President Trump, an update on Boeing airplane safety and a discussion about capital punishment, the Daily Caller reported.
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) December 11, 2019
During his important and effective opening statement, Graham read the damning text messages from FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and Kevin Clinesmith, the FBI lawyer who was referred for criminal prosecution for improperly altering a document, making it clear that something beyond innocent “irregularities” was going on between the FBI investigative team.
“What’s been described as a few irregularities becomes a massive criminal conspiracy over time to defraud the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] FISA court, to illegally surveil an American citizen and to keep an operation open against a sitting president of the United States, violating every norm known to the rule of law,” Graham charged.
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Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.
Photo “Lindsey Graham” by CSPAN.