(PresidentialWire.com)- A top aide for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden deleted a tweet this week after lashing out at a CBS journalist who reported the release of a memo that implicated Biden in the set up of Michael Flynn. New documents revealing how Biden and former President Barack Obama were aware of the investigation into Michael Flynn suggest that they may have attempted to use their power in the last months of the Obama administration to hurt the incoming Trump administration.
On Wednesday, CBS News’ Catherine Herridge released a memo from Richard Grenell, the acting Director of National Intelligence, that was declassified earlier in the week. The memo was sent to members of the U.S. Senate, and on it was a list of officials from the Obama administration who requested information about American citizens who were being surveilled by American intelligence between the end of the last presidential campaign and the day President Trump took office.
The reason this list is so important is because it shows which officials were implicated in the investigation into incoming (now former) National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The three-star general who served his country for 33 years held several phone calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kisylak in the run-up to the inauguration of President Trump, which became central to the Democrats’ claim that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
Herridge released the already declassified list on Twitter, which attracted the attention of Andrew Bates, the rapid response director for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
Replicating the format of Herridge’s tweet, Bates said, “SCOOP: Catherine Herridge is a partisan, rightwing hack who is a regular conduit for conservative media manipulation ploys because she agrees to publicize things before contacting the target to ask for comment.”
Andrew Bates deleted the tweet. pic.twitter.com/zElvDs56em
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) May 13, 2020
Nasty, right? It seems the campaign thought so, too, because Bates mysteriously deleted the tweet.
At least President Trump only attacks the media when they attack him! All Herridge did was publish information that was already declassified and which would have made their way onto Twitter at some point anyway.
The Democrats like to talk about taking the higher ground, but they always seem to be the nastiest. Just a few days before this tweet, candidate Joe Biden pledged that “in a Biden White House, there will be no bullying of the media from the press room podium or by tweet.”
Sure thing, Joe.