True or False: Rep. John Lewis’ Claims Regarding Pres. Trump’s Legitimacy

FALSE.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said Donald Trump is not a “legitimate president” on account of “Russian interference” during the 2016 election campaign, citing allegations of Russian hacks that led to the release of internal documents from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s campaign co-chairman, John Podesta:

I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

However, the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA)–a report coordinated by The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and The National Security Agency (NSA)–does not offer any evidence to prove Russians hacked the DNC.

Instead of explaining how Russians “hacked” the U.S. elections, the ICA only speculates possible Russian motives.

We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him. All three agencies agree with this judgment. CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has moderate confidence.

What does “high confidence” and “moderate confidence” mean? In Annex B (page 23), the CIA and FBI assert the following:

“…generally indicates that judgments are based on high-quality information from multiple sources. High confidence in a judgement does not imply that the assessment is a fact or a certainty; such judgments might be wrong.”

The NSA, on the other hand, takes a different position:

…generally means that the information is credibly sourced and plausible but not of sufficient quality or corroborated sufficiently to warrant a higher level of confidence.

So, all in all, the DNC is forcing an unsubstantiated narrative to justify Hillary Clinton’s electoral loss.

Perhaps more notably, members of the DNC have yet to explain their net loss of over 1,000 state and federal Democratic posts, including governorships and state legislative seats. Not to mention both houses of Congress.

Read the report for yourself: ICA’s Assessment of Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.

On Twitter, President Trump addressed Rep. John Lewis’ criticisms:

Interestingly, Rep. John Lewis’ inconsistencies do not end there.

He also told NBC that he will not attend President-elect Trump’s swearing-in on Friday, January 20, 2017.

“It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in Congress,” he said. “You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.”

This statement is also UNTRUE. Although he says this will be the first inaugural he has skipped, a Washington Post article from 2001 proves otherwise:

John Lewis, for instance, spent [inauguration] day in his Atlanta district. He thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush’s swearing-in because he doesn’t believe Bush is the true elected president.

The article reports that he not only skipped Bush’s inaugural but questioned the president’s legitimacy as well.

Read the full article here: John Lewis Skips Bush’s Swearing-In (Washington Post).

Direct link to Washington Post article.

Despite his long list of contradictions, Lewis has also encouraged Democrat representatives to skip President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural. Over 30 congressional members so far have vowed not to attend.

In an attempt to shed light on this matter, President Trump rebuked Rep. John Lewis’ false claims:

What are your thoughts? Please share them in the comment section.

* Post will be updated when new information becomes available.


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