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With the possible exception of Michael Avenatti, nobody did more to spread unverified, salacious rumors during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process than Jane Mayer of The New Yorker. She passed off second-hand accounts as if they were collaborative witnesses and told Preet Bharara that journalists are obligated to report on allegations of sexual assault, even if they know it to be false, which made it all the more remarkable when Mayer took to the pages of The New Yorker on Monday to lament former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's resignation.
On Monday's CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon brought on two liberal guests, Hilary Rosen and Kirsten Powers, to talk about Franken and whether or not he got "railroaded," as Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico told Mayer.
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The Avenatti Channel is now suddenly worrying about due process. Lemon began by asking Rosen, "Seven current and former senators have since expressed regret for also calling for Franken’s resignation while trying to take the moral high ground, did the Democrats jump the gun, you think?"
Rosen blamed Al Franken for making the decision to resign and criticized him for blaming Kirsten Gillibrand, but did agree with the larger point. She also sensed there was more to the story. She declared that "clearly, this was a set-up with Leeann Tweeden, the principal accuser against Al Franken. It was a political hit job and it went all the way from Sean Hannity to others."
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So, according to Rosen, because Franken's principled accuser is a conservative, it's a "hit job." Rosen did concede that at least one of the women has stood by her accusation, but everyone...
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