When Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey spoke to CNN reporters on Wednesday, he claimed, “In fact, subpoenas have now been issued in Northern Virginia in regard to General Flynn and General Flynn’s associates. A grand jury has been empaneled up in New York.”
In fact, he was wrong. According to one of his top aides, the senator’s go-to sources for information were Louise Mensch’s blog and a left-wing blog called the Palmer Report, but Markey failed to mention that fact during his interview.
According to the Daily Caller, a spokeswoman for the senator later released the following statement: “This morning Senator Markey erroneously reported that a grand jury has been empaneled in New York related to the wider inquiry of possible Trump campaign and administration ties to Russia. Senator Markey does not have direct intelligence that is the case, and the information he was provided during a briefing is not substantiated. Subpoenas have been issued in Eastern Virginia, but Senator Markey apologizes for the confusion.”
Known to be a never-Trump conspiracy theorist, Mensch was a former employee of News Corp and member of the UK Parliament. In the past, she “blamed Russia for the bombing of a German soccer team’s bus, the death of conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart and low black voter turnout for Hillary Clinton.” Monday, she accused Ted Cruz of having “worked with the Russians.”
Bill Palmer puts out The Palmer Report based on stories centered on tweets by conspiracy theorists including Mensch, and the stories Markey used as his source of information were based solely on tweets by non-reporters.
On Tuesday CNN reported that prosecutors in Virginia have issued subpoenas for associates of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, but the news about about a grand jury being empaneled in New York is not true.
Mensch has written in her blog that two federal cases in Virginia and New York are possibly related to Trump, adding, “There will be more on this developing story as we receive it.” It was reported that Mensch has made no updates, but she has tweeted about Markey’s television interview on Wednesday, stating:
“So [Sen. Markey] has just announced a #TrumpRussia Grand Jury has been empaneled in New York….”
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) May 10, 2017
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