Journalist who criticized FBI for handling of Russia probe says Trump's refusal to concede is 'dangerous BS'
Added 11-25-20 06:11:01pm EST - “Journalist Eli Lake, an aggressive critic of the government's handling of the investigation into Trump and Russia, said that while there was a "scandal" in how the FBI conducted parts of its investigation, there was not a "deep state…” - News.yahoo.com
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A common defense of President Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 election is that he’s simply taking revenge on his liberal opponents, in particular those who doubted the legitimacy of the 2016 election because of Russian interference.
“The media gave Russia Collusion 3.5 years. We can give Team Trump three and a half weeks,” tweeted Jenna Ellis, a member of the Trump campaign’s legal team that has failed to provide any evidence in court of cheating in the 2020 election. Ellis was quoting a Fox News host.
Some right-wing media outlets have suggested that the FBI’s failures and mistakes during its investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election somehow make a rigged election more plausible, despite the absence of any evidence of such wrongdoing and assurances from top Republican election authorities that such a scheme is not even possible without detection.
But Eli Lake, a columnist for Bloomberg View who has been one the most aggressive critics of the government’s handling of the investigation into Trump and Russia, and has covered the matter as extensively as anyone, said that while there was a “scandal” in how the FBI conducted parts of its investigation, there was not a “deep state conspiracy.”
“The FBI is supposed to be the gatekeeper. We trust them to stay out of our politics and to be the Boy Scouts in all of this. And that’s where I think that there was a huge problem,” Lake said in an interview on “The Long Game,” a Yahoo News podcast. “Now, I’m open to the argument that they didn’t know what the hell was going on. And they’re looking at some of the things that Trump was saying, and they were freaked out, and they’re human beings just like the rest of us.”
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