Lies, misinformation and fake news have created a made up scandal surrounding Donald Trump and Russia.
But there was one lie that stood out from all the rest.
And Chuck Schumer finally got called out for telling it.
When former FBI Director James Comey announced the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia, Schumer and other liberals got a lot of mileage out of the revelation creating the false impression Trump himself was under investigation.
But that was a lie.
Trump was never under investigation.
Comey privately told key Senators – as well Trump himself – that the President was not a target of the probe.
Senator Chuck Grassley – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman – called Schumer out on the carpet for spreading this baseless claim.
“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) blasted Democrats on Thursday — particularly Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — for fueling media hysteria, knowing full well President Trump was not under investigation for collusion with Russia.
In a statement delivered on the Senate floor, Grassley said that in March, former FBI Director James Comey had told him, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and the group of Senate and House members known as the “Gang of Eight” that the president was not under investigation.
But Schumer, who is part of the Gang of Eight, continued to tell the media Trump was under investigation, Grassley said.
“That helped feed the media hysteria,” he said. “The Minority Leader even tried to say that the Senate shouldn’t vote on the Supreme Court nomination because the president was under investigation. And the whole time, he knew it wasn’t true.”
In once instance, Schumer told reporters on March 21, “There is a cloud now hanging over the head of the president, and while that’s happening, to have a lifetime appointment made by this president seems very unseemly and there ought to be a delay.”
The most likely cause of Comey’s firing was that he would not say in public what he told multiple elected officials in private – namely that Trump was not under investigation.
When Trump said Russia was a cloud over his administration, he meant the FBI’s silence on his status allowed the likes of Chuck Schumer to cast suspicion on the White House and slow down the President’s agenda by falsely insinuating that Trump was under FBI investigation.