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Several unlikely stories have defended President Trump against their fellow journalists’ claims.

Piers Morgan, not known for backing conservatives, wrote in a column for the Daily Mail that one thing even Trump’s enemies “cannot continue to deny” is that the president “delivers on his promises.”

The Wall Street Journal took Adam Schiff, one of the president’s top accusers for collusion with Russia, to task for being willing to cast aspersions on the president without offering proof.

Morgan lauded domestic and foreign policy successes for the administration, but what he is most impressed with is Trump’s ability to get things done in the most hostile of climates.

“Donald Trump, according to his many critics, is the single most divisive, stupid, bigoted and unpopular president in American history,” Morgan began his piece. “To say Trump is ‘polarizing’ is to massively understate the sheer enormity of hatred that exists toward the billionaire tycoon who won the White House just over a year ago.

“On social media, every minute of every day, I see hysterical liberals screaming themselves digitally hoarse with rage at his very existence. I have friends, and indeed family members, who can’t utter his name without physically shuddering. To them, Trump epitomizes the very worst kind of leader and the very worst kind of American.”

But the president has been effective when it comes to keeping promises, he said.

“Of course, in the main, they’re not promises his opponents actually wanted him to keep, but that is beside the point,” Morgan said.

“When you win an election, you also win the right to carry out pledges you made as a candidate. That is the inherent bedrock of democracy. And judging Trump entirely from that perspective, he is beginning to really, REALLY deliver.”

Morgan cited three examples just from the last week – Trump’s defeat of ISIS, the roaring economic comeback and the tax reform legislation that advanced in Congress.

Trump turned the military loose on ISIS, and it produced. “I was not optimistic when Trump first came into office,” Morgan quotes Yahya Rasool, a spokesman from Iraq’s Ministry of Defense, as saying. “But after a while, I started to see a new approach. I saw how the coalition forces were all moving faster to help the Iraq side more than before. There seemed to be a lot of support. Under Obama, we did not get this.”

On the heels of an incident in which several major news organizations got a key detail wrong in a hit piece on President Trump and speculation that might be the administration’s way of discovering leakers, the Wall Street Journal took a look at the man at the head of the operation that is believed to be generating the most leaks – Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Schiff “rarely misses an opportunity to publicly characterize the non-public information that he claims to have seen,” the Journal’s James Freeman wrote. “This raises the question of whether he’s violating the rules of the committee by discussing classified intelligence or perhaps misleading the public about what he’s seen. Before giving him yet another platform to hurl allegations of treasonous behavior, journalists should first demand that he show up with some facts.”

Freeman pointed out Schiff had been asked by Chuck Todd on Meet The Press Daily back in March whether his was merely a circumstantial case against the president.

“Actually, no, Chuck,” Schiff said. “I can tell you that the case is more than that and I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now.” Nine months later, none has materialized.

Schiff plays this game often, Freeman said, claiming conclusively that collusion exists but hiding behind his vows of secrecy when questioned.

“But the rules go further than that,” Freeman wrote. “As a member of the committee, Mr. Schiff is not only barred from disclosing classified material; he’s also prohibited from discussing such information or even causing it to be discussed. Is it possible that he’s managed to avoid running afoul of House rules because the information doesn’t exist?”

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