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Intel Lawyer Slam Dunks ‘Uninformed’ Laura Ingraham For Peddling Berserk ‘Adam Schiff-NSA Spying’ Theory

Fox News pundit Laura Ingraham on Friday suggested that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-N.Y.) abused his power by working with the National Security Agency (NSA) to obtain Rep. Devin Nunes’s (R-Calif.) phone records. Ingraham was immediately contradicted by a former NSA attorney who said the host’s allegations were so uninformed that it was “honestly astonishing.”

During The Ingraham Angle segment centered on the House Intel Panel’s Impeachment Report, Ingraham and her guest, Sara Carter, both claimed to have heard from a “knowledgeable source” that Schiff obtained Nunes’s records with the help of the NSA.

“A knowledgeable source tells the Ingraham Angle tonight that not only did Schiff get dirt from the secret subpoenas that he sent to phone companies, he also got help from the NSA. All Americans should be shocked by this and more, and demand a full and immediate investigation,” Ingraham said.

“I’ve heard the same,” Carter said, before launching into a diatribe against the Obama administration for expanding the NSA’s spying program.

Carter has reportedly been barred from appearing on Fox News’s “hard news” shows because her reporting “is not vetted, and passes none of the network’s editorial guidelines.”

Ingraham and Carter’s baseless accusation was immediately shot down by former NSA attorney Susan Hennessey, who said the entire exchange had absolutely no basis in reality.

“It’s honestly astonishing. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more uninformed conversation about NSA or intelligence collection in my life,” Hennessey wrote on Twitter.

Watch the video and Hennessey’s response below:

“Hi, former NSA lawyer here. This is not how it works. At all,” Hennessey wrote in response to the segment. “It’s not how the law works. It’s not how NSA works. It’s not how phone records work. That’s all. Have a good evening.”




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