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CNN's Wajahat Ali: FBI Now Considers Theory Of A "Deep State" A Domestic Terror Threat


On Monday's edition of 'CNN Tonight' with host Don Lemon, CNN contributor Wajahat Ali reported the FBI now considers conspiracies theories such as a deep state to be a domestic terror threat.

DON LEMON, CNN HOST: Yes. Wajahat, I want you to listen too -- this is Republican Senator Ron Johnson citing conspiracy theories to defend the president's request for foreign powers to investigate his political rivals. Here it is.


SEN. RON JOHNSON (R-WI): And so what President Trump said to a doer -- a false accusation. By the way, you've got John Brennan on. You ought to ask Director Brennan, what did Peter Strzok mean when he texted Lisa Page on December 15, 2016. So, I'm here to report today that unlike the narrative of the press that President Trump wants to dig up dirt on his 2020 opponent, what he wants is he wants to an accounting of what happened in 2016. Who set him up? Did things spring from Ukraine?

TODD: You don't trust the FBI. You don't trust the CIA?

JOHNSON: No, I don't.

TODD: I'm a little confuse here.

JOHNSON: Absolutely not.


LEMON: Wajahat, listen, first he is mentioning people who are no longer at those agencies. He is parroting conspiracy theories that have been cultivated on Fox News, many of them debunked. Does truth just not matter anymore? What is happening?

WAJAHAT ALI, CNN CONTRIBUTOR, CONTRIBUTING OP-ED WRITER, THE NEW YORK TIMES: As Rudy Giuliani said, truth isn't truth, right? And Trump said, don't believe your eyes and don't believe what you listen. And this is like a dictator playbook 101. You first attack the truth, Don Lemon. You attack all the institutions. You say, I am your leader. Trust me and only me. Whoever is critical against me, they are the enemy. Does that sound familiar?

Because he says that the press is the enemy of the people. You just saw Ron Johnson, Senator, Republican, who by the way knows better because he sits on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and in 2016, he is the one who wrote a bipartisan letter asking then- president of Ukraine to crack down on corruption.

So actually that Senator has actually bolstered Biden and the Democrats and debunked the conspiracy theory because he has himself said that Biden and western allies were putting pressure on Ukraine to go against the prosecutor general, who was not going against corruption, right? But then you saw the Faustian bargain right there.

How so many Republican men and women have sold out their honor, their dignity, and I will say their country for Trump. He is repeating a deep state conspiracy theory. That is QAnon. Which by the way, and this is what really serious, the FBI according to a Yahoo document that they uncovered, is saying QAnon and conspiracy theories like the one mentioned by Senator Johnson, about this deep state, about law enforcement against Trump, is now a domestic terror threat.

They're saying leading up to 2020, they feared that these conspiracy theories will mobilize individuals and groups to violence like the pizza gate conspiracy theory of 2016. Remember that when that guy showed up with a gun here in D.C. because he thought that Hillary Clinton and Democrats had a child sex ring in a D.C. Pizzeria? That is what we're dealing with, and QAnon now is at Trump rallies and deep state conspiracies are spouted by Republican Senators. It's serious business.

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