Democratic politicians are so hungry for proof of Trump-Russia connections that they’ve taken to promoting unsubstantiated tweets by leftwing conspiracy theorists as fact.
During an interview on CNN (where else?) Wednesday, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) professed that two states have opened investigations into President Trump’s former national security adviser, General Mike Flynn:
“In fact, subpoenas have now been issued in Northern Virginia in regard to General Flynn and General Flynn’s associates. A grand jury has been empaneled up in New York,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in a Wednesday CNN interview.
According to a Markey top aide, his sources for those “facts” were Louise Mensch and the Palmer Report, a liberal blog run by a man named Bill Palmer. Mensch is a member of the UK Parliament who has blamed Russia for everything from low black voter turnout in the 2016 election to the death of Andrew Breitbart. The stories on Palmer’s blog often center around Mensch’s unsubstantiated tweets.
In other words, they are their own echo chamber.
However, as for the claims Markey made on CNN, Palmer based those stories on tweets from Claude Taylor, a travel photographer and former Clinton White House staffer.
A spokeswoman for Markey later released a statement admitting the error:
“This morning Senator Markey erroneously reported that a grand jury has been empaneled in New York related to the wider inquiry of possible Trump campaign and administration ties to Russia. Senator Markey does not have direct intelligence that is the case, and the information he was provided during a briefing is not substantiated. Subpoenas have been issued in Eastern Virginia, but Senator Markey apologizes for the confusion.”