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MSNBC Interrupts Barr Hearing to Fact Check Lindsey Graham

"We're reluctant to do this, we rarely do, but the chairman of the Judiciary Committee just said..."

By NTK Staff | 05.01.2019 @10:46am


MSNBC’s Brian Williams and Nicolle Wallace interrupted MSNBC’s coverage of Attorney General William Barr’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to fact check the committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Wednesday.

Barr was appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to testify about the finding of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report regarding his investigation into possible collusion between President Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.

During Graham’s opening statement, he said, “Mr. Mueller and his team concluded that there was no collusion.”

“So, no collusion, no coordination, no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government regarding the 2016 election,” Graham said.

Several seconds later Williams broke into Graham’s opening remarks to fact check Graham’s remarks.

“We’re reluctant to do this, we rarely do, but the chairman of the Judiciary Committee just said that ‘Mueller found there was no collusion.’ That is not correct,” Williams said. “The report says collusion is not a thing they considered, it doesn’t exist in federal code.”

“What’s stunning is Lindsey Graham is offering answers to questions that aren’t on the table today. The question on the table today, after the reporting last night, is why did Barr mischaracterize what’s actually in the Mueller report,” Wallace said. “I’m sorry Lindsey Graham, your defensiveness is showing.”

Wallace then accused Graham of acting like a “human shield” for Trump or Barr.

“Again, we try to offer just gavel to gavel coverage, but that phrase or the lack of it, it’s absence from federal code, this no collusion mantra, is so foundational to why we are here today, that we decided to flag it when we heard him use it yet again. Back in to the chairman in the committee room,” Williams said.

Of course Williams is no stranger to misrepresnting facts. He was previously the anchor of NBC Nightly News until the network booted him off air after it was discovered that he had lied about “riding in a Chinook helicopter that came under R.P.G. fire and required an emergency landing,” during the Iraq war.

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