That’s what’s out there.
It all started the other day with this item on Twitter from conservative journalist Ryan Fournier:
We were immediately skeptical upon reading this. This site had a professional relationship with Meadows for some time, and the alleged FBI work story simply DOES NOT mesh with our experiences nor does it pass the ol’ “smell test.”
Soon after the allegation went public, there was a response from Meadows and his team:
Former President Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has blasted bizarre new allegations that he wore a wire whilst working in the White House and acted as an informant against Trump for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in comments provided exclusively to The National Pulse.
The allegations that Meadows had voluntarily worn a listening device and acted as a federal informant were first made on X (formerly Twitter), with a claim the information was corroborated through anonymous Congressional sources:
“BREAKING: Allegedly Mark Meadows worked for the FBI as an informant and wore a wire to record all conversations with President Trump, while he was the Chief of Staff to him… This is not only unconstitutional, but it’s criminal. This is the government we live with. It’s up to us to change that.”
But Meadows explicitly blasted the claims in a brief comment to The National Pulse, stating: “Thanks for checking. It is ridiculous, it is 100 percent NOT TRUE!!”
Speculation as to the accuracy of the claim regarding Meadows quickly spread across social media late Thursday. Ben Williamson, a longtime spokesman for Meadows, also denied the accusation stating: “This crap is ridiculous it’s straight out of the twilight zone.”
Just two days ago ABC News published a now disputed report that Meadows was actively cooperating with special prosecutor Jack Smith and his Department of Justice investigators. Meadows’s lawyer George Terwilliger, however, told CBS News: “I told ABC that their story was largely inaccurate. People will have to judge for themselves the decision to run it anyway.”
Even if the ABC News report were accurate, Meadows’s testimony given to – and likely leaked by the Department of Justice – doesn’t appear to help Smith’s prosecution in any significant way. According to the report, Meadows told investigators that Trump never indicated to him that he believed anything other than the 2020 presidential election was stolen. A key charge in Smith’s Washington, D.C. prosecution of the former President is reliant on the accusation that Trump knew he had lost the election and defrauded the United States by claiming it was stolen.
Meadows indicated to the Pulse that he is unsure as to why these rumors are being spread at this time, though some have speculated that authorities are fuelling such talk to try and drive a wedge between him and President Trump, and to try and lure Trump into “intimidating” Meadows to further fuel partisan gag orders in court.
That article appeared to lead to THIS from Fournier:
All of THAT apparently led to THIS from former congressman Walker, who just departed the 2024 gubernatorial race for another run for Congress:
The original Tweet that got this kerfuffle started has been deleted.
This story DOES provide an excellent example of how easy it is, in this day and age, to get something exaggerated or completely fabricated out there circulating as gospel truth.
As we get deeper into campaign season, learn from this. Don’t fly off the handle the first time you read something. Take a deep breath and do some research for yourself. Are there ‘receipts’ for what is being reported?