In the midst of the already-rowdy impeachment fight occurring in our nation’s capital these days, a truly strange story seemed poised to emerge this afternoon.
The Inspector General of the State Department was hurrying to Capitol Hill to brief congressional leaders on an “urgent” matter, likely linked to the current state of the impeachment investigation being conducted by liberal lawmakers.
The briefing was to be held behind closed doors, adding a bit of mystery to the entire affair as well.
But, just moments after the meeting ended, the truth of the matter was revealed – and it has Americans everywhere scratching their heads.
1/ Raskin is now showing reporters the packet of misinformation the Department of State IG brought to Congress. It appears—if I understand correctly—the IG was trying to warn eight Congressional committees that Pompeo and the White House are deliberately spreading misinformation. pic.twitter.com/6f2wRAyYsztake our poll - story continues below
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) October 2, 2019
Neither the IG nor the Congresspersons briefed on the mysterious packet have any explanation as to where the information came from, who created it, or what its purpose was.
The “urgent” nature of the briefing was bewildering to many.
Lotta head scratching out of the IG briefing on the Hill, which the State IG conveyed was “urgent.” Raskin showed us a 40-page packet of what he describes as conspiracy theories and propaganda about Ukraine/Biden/ targeting former ambassador Yovanavitch.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 2, 2019
The packet itself was bizarre:
THE STATE DEPT IG briefing:
Rep. Raskin says its an irrelevant packet of conspiracy theories that incl. false accusations about the Bidens, former amb. Jovanovich. It went to Pompeo. Not clear from whom. + it contains this unique cover pg. and folders frm the Trump Hotel. pic.twitter.com/QqoPsJQMBX
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) October 2, 2019
Some reporting shows that Rudy Giuliani may be involved as well, at least in subject.
Dem aide familiar with IG briefing: WH sent “envelope to Sec. Pompeo at the State Department. The envelope contained a bunch of TRUMP HOTEL folders…contained notes from interviews that took place at Rudy Giuliani’s NYC office with various Ukrainians about debunked conspiracies”
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) October 2, 2019
Some are already calling the briefing a distraction.
What a waste of time!!! The IG gave attendees a 40 page packet of conspiracies, and theories about Joe/Hunter Biden?? It was addressed to Mike Pompeo. THAT is the big emergency? Talking points for @GOP? Can you say shiney object? https://t.co/CoyOMURhQn
— April (@speakout_april) October 2, 2019
A package was circulated to Pompeo w/ misinformation about the former US ambassador to Ukraine in May, says @jamie_raskin.
IG "has no idea" where the doc came from, it is of mysterious & uncertain providence, Raskin says. Then says the document is described as "amateur-ish."
— Kylie Atwood (@kylieatwood) October 2, 2019
This is very weird. The IG requests an urgent closed door meeting to discuss disinformation? That seems…. not urgent. What about Pompeo threatening staffers? https://t.co/LCoR0Fj2Ip
— Nate Silver Stan Account 🌐 (@AspiringNeolib) October 2, 2019
The development has been called a “completely irrelevant distraction” by Raskin.
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