Headline RoundupSeptember 30th, 2020

DNI Alleges Hillary Clinton Involved in Attempts to Tie Trump to 2016 Russia Hacking

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On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe wrote a letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declassifying information about Hillary Clinton's alleged involvement with attempts to tie President Donald Trump to the Russian intelligence scandal during the 2016 presidential election. On Wednesday, former FBI director James Comey appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Comey said he believed the FBI had legitimate reason to launch its investigation into the Trump campaign, and claimed he thought Ratcliffe’s summary contained "unverified information.” Ratliffe's letter was widely covered by right-rated outlets Tuesday, and received less overall coverage from left- and center-rated outlets. Comey's appearance received more coverage from all sides of the political spectrum; left-rated outlets tended to frame Comey's trial as a "defense," focusing on the fact that the claims in the letter are "unverified." Coverage from the right tended to highlight Comey's remarks that he "did not understand" Ratcliffe's letter.

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