CNN’s Chris Cuomo couldn’t contain his excitement about a possible scandal surrounding White House chief of staff John Kelly on Thursday, saying Kelly was either lying or was unaware of his staff’s activities.
Cuomo claimed on “New Day” he wasn’t accusing Kelly of lying about White House staff secretary Rob Porter, but immediately pivoted and said Kelly had lied or was incompetent.
“They get something wrong or they don’t like a story, they either call it fake news or they lie. Okay,” Cuomo said. “Now, I am not accusing chief of staff John Kelly of mendacity. But if they knew, he is in trouble both ways. So you really didn’t know, but the FBI knew in 2017 and the rest of the staff knew and you are supposed to be the head. Or you did know and you’re lying. Either way is not good.”
“What other chief of staff has survived anything close to this,” Cuomo asked.
Later in the show, Cuomo continued to suggest Kelly had been untruthful and said the issue is a lose-lose situation for him, while mentioning the story in almost every interview he conducted.
“One of two things must be true. [Kelly] knew and is lying right now, about not knowing. Or he didn’t know and that may be even more troubling,” Cuomo concluded. “Because this man, Rob Porter, saw the most sensitive classified information because he is the pass through to the president. He didn’t even have permanent clearance. And we don’t know why. Either way, this is bad.”
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