When it comes to reaching for the sky in a breaking Trump story, The Associated Press has by far reached into places that no man has gone before. Here is a trail of anonymous sources that will make you stop and try to understand what you just read. As you read this list of who was told what by whom that the President was already in Vladimir Putin’s pocket, try to keep count of how far back the line of information flows. A good honest count might get you 3 or 5, but a skeptic might see as many as 7 hands on this “story.”
As Written and Reported By Ashe Schow for the Daily Wire:
How many layers removed can a source be before the entire report starts to look absurd?
The Associated Press seems to have pushed the limits in an article published Friday morning. Here’s the lede:
“A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel,” according to multiple people familiar with the encounter.”
So, sources say a DOJ lawyer said a former British spy told him that Russian intelligence told him it had the president “over a barrel” during the 2016 elections. Got that? The AP’s tweet wasn’t any clearer, stating: “BREAKING: Sources reveal senior Justice Department lawyer’s interview with lawmakers: He said former British spy told him Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump ‘over a barrel’ during the 2016 campaign.”
BREAKING: Sources reveal senior Justice Department lawyer’s interview with lawmakers: He said former British spy told him Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump ‘over a barrel’ during the 2016 campaign https://t.co/xmC0Es5x1Q‘
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 31, 2018
I count five-times removed from the…….
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