Last week, Fox News severed ties with a military analyst who suggested that torture “worked” when it was performed on John McCain by the North Vietnamese during the war. And last year, CNN themselves fired Jeffrey Lord when he gave a satirical Nazi salute on social media. So we wonder if this consistent intolerance for outrageous comments will continue with Asha Rangappa, or if these networks only crack the whip when LIBERALS are offended. Hmm.
Rangappa is a frequent CNN guest who uses her expertise as a former FBI agent to comment on the Russia investigation with a heaping helping of liberal bias. It was that bias that she brought to the table on Monday when exchanging tweets back and forth with Carter Page, the former Trump adviser who was the target of “foreign surveillance” by the FBI during and after the campaign. While sparring with Page, Rangappa made the extraordinary assertion that by pressing the federal government for their intelligence sources, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was actually hoping to get that source whacked!
“Considering that @DevinNunes doesn’t actually *read* any of the details he’s given, Dr. Page, perhaps it’s because…he wants to leak them, get sources killed, and dry up the intel the FBI is getting in its investigation? But lordy, there are still tapes,” Rangappa tweeted.
The subject was the ongoing standoff between Nunes and the Justice Department relating to a secret intelligence community source who apparently provided information to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The Washington Post has identified the source as an American, but little else is known about them. The DOJ has told Congress that the source is off-limits because revealing their identity would put them in danger. Some have speculated that this source was a member of the Trump campaign; in other words, that the FBI had an actual spy embedded with Trump in the later months of the election. If this were to be proven, it would be a bombshell political nightmare for the Obama administration.
House Republicans, including Speaker Paul Ryan (not always Nunes’s greatest defender), have said that the Committee’s request for the source is completely above board and in line with the duties of House intelligence oversight. Ryan said the request, delivered in early April, is “wholly appropriate.” Nunes has accused the Department of Justice using the endangerment story as a thin excuse to keep lawmakers from knowing too much about the investigation.
It’s fine for liberal pundits to have their own theories as to the legitimacy of the Russia investigation, but it’s quite ludicrous to claim that Nunes – one of the only Republicans in Congress with a stiff backbone – would actually like to see someone KILLED if it meant throwing Mueller off the scent. CNN needs to think long and hard about having Ranappa back on the air.
But who are we kidding, they’ll probably be reporting this theory as fact before the week is out…