Accuracy in Media

Politico showed clear bias in its treatment of President Trump’s decision to remove Attorney General Jeff Sessions, offering no rationale for why the president chose to make the move.

“NEW … THE PRESIDENT has served up to Democrats their first investigation on a silver platter,” wrote Politico Playbook authors Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and Daniel Lippman. “The dismissal of ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS has sparked a fury of behind-the-scenes activity, as Democrats look to understand what the Trump administration was thinking by booting the nation’s top law enforcement officer.”

Playbook offered cheerleading advice to Congressional Democrats even as the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller has not yielded any proof of criminal collusion with Russia by the Trump administration or campaign.

“THIS IS LITERALLY PERFECT investigative fodder for Hill Democrats. Republicans can’t really say this is overreach. It would seem if Democrats could handpick an investigation to kick off next Congress, this would be it. INCOMING HOUSE JUDICIARY CHAIRMAN Jerry Nadler of New York, incoming Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings of Maryland, incoming Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff of California and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have sent a raft of letters to the administration, asking for them to preserve all materials ‘relevant to the work of the Office of the Special Counsel or the departure of the Attorney General.’ THE DEMOCRATS sent this letter to DNI Dan Coats, W.H. Counsel Pat Cipollone, CIA Director Gina Haspel, U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, NSA Director Paul Nakasone, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, Acting A.G. Matt Whitaker and FBI Director Chris Wray.”

Politico even offered a call for patience toward Democrats.

“REMEMBER: Investigations do not begin with subpoenas. Investigations begin with letters, and requests for information,” Playbook wrote. “When those go unanswered, then the threats begin. And then, the last resort is subpoenas. These investigations tend to drag on for a bit.”

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