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Donald Trump's 'Spygate' Conspiracy Rebuffed Three Times on ... Fox News

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | May 30, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | May 30, 2018 |


“Spygate,” the conspiracy theory alleging that Obama planted a spy inside the Trump campaign, is not a story to me. As I mentioned last week, it’s tedious, boring bullshit that warrants little attention. I can’t even muster outrage over it because that’s precisely what Trump wants: It’s another cudgel he uses to divide those who support him and those who do not. It’s almost like a Trump loyalty test: He wants to see how deep he can drag his supporters into the muck, and for the most part, the lemmings have followed.

Now, in the normal course of things, I wouldn’t even bother rebutting “Spygate” with the facts, because what’s the point? If the NYTimes or The Washington Post or Rachel Maddow or NBC or even The Wall Street Journal rebuts Spygate, they’re just part of some leftist conspiracy.

However, it’s a different matter altogether when Fox News dismisses Spygate, which happened on three occasions yesterday. The first unsurprisingly comes from the lone rational voice over there, Shep Smith. And here’s why what he says is important: He’s the managing editor of breaking news over on Fox News, and in dismantling Spygate here, he specifically says, “Fox News knows of no evidence to support [Trump’s] claim … it’s not spying. It’s part of the normal investigative process.”

Meanwhile, GOP Representative Trey Gowdy (retiring in November), also said on Fox News, “I’m even more convinced [after a briefing with the FBI and DOJ] that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got.” Gowdy also here suggests that Trump should sit down with Mueller. “If he were my client, and he says he done nothing wrong, then he needs to sit down with Mueller.”

Finally, here is frequent Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano also suggesting that SpyGate is bullshit.

Of course, Trump — this morning — is selectively quoting Trey Gowdy.

And he really does wish he did, because as the NYTimes reported last night, in a previously unreported meeting, Trump tried to talk Jeff Sessions into unrecusing himself from the Russian investigation, which is now, of course, one more piece of evidence in the obstruction of justice case against Trump.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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