Neil Cavuto interviews Congressmen Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows on the release of the Mueller Report.

By Adriel Atwater
04/21/2019 • 12:00 AM EST

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: Click or tap on any techniquesee definition - the definition will be displayed here.
that appears in bold to show its definition.
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: The Mueller Report concluded neither that there was no obstruction or no collusion.[1][2]
: cherry pickingsee definition - presenting only evidence that confirms your position, while ignoring or withholding a more significant portion that contradicts it.
: Jordan lists only the cost and labor-related aspects of the Mueller investigation, while ignoring its findings.
: reversal of realitysee definition - a statement that is not only verifiably false, but is the exact opposite of the truth.
: Meadows suggests that if Trump wanted to fire Mueller, he would've been fired, and that a subordinate pushing back is so preposterous that it couldn't have happened, except that he did want Mueller fired and that appears to be what happened.[3]
: false claimsee definition - a statement that is directly contradicted by fact and can be easily proven untrue.
: The Steele dossier was not the origin of the Mueller investigation. George Papadopoulos's contact with Russian intermediaries was.[4]
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: Everybody wants to end the investigations, when Cavuto's poll just said "close to half" do.
: the American peoplesee definition - promoting a position as having the overwhelming support of all Americans, while providing no evidence that it does.
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Jordan mentions Mueller "chose" not to indict, without mentioning there's a DOJ policy preventing Mueller from indicting a sitting president.[5]
: baseless claimsee definition - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated.
: "Most Americans want to move on," while presenting no evidence that they do (including Cavuto's poll results).
: common folksee definition - establishing a connection with an audience based on being just like one of them and therefore being able to empathize with their concerns.
: Jordan suggests that he and Meadows are "regular people."
: dysphemismsee definition - replacing neutral language with more derogatory or unpleasant terms, to instill a negative association.
: The term "spying" used to describe court-ordered surveillance, which is commonplace in law enforcement.[6]
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Meadows shifts the focus from shady Trump conduct to shady Clinton conduct, then to shady Schiff conduct.
: half truthsee definition - a statement that is essentially true, but lacking critical information and presented as the whole truth.
: Meadows states Mueller gets paid to indict people and he didn't indict Trump, without mentioning there's a DOJ policy that prevented him from indicting Trump, even if he wanted to.[5]
: misleading claimsee definition - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue.
: Mueller didn't have enough proof to bring charges, when that is debatable, since DOJ policy prevented him from bringing charges regardless.[5]
: whataboutismsee definition - discrediting a criticism by accusing hypocrisy, in order to shift the focus away from oneself and onto others.
: Meadows shifts attention from Trump not doing enough to stop Russian interference to Obama not doing enough.
: fault as virtuesee definition - technique where a weakness is presented as a strength, by focusing on any positive aspect of it.
: Jordan suggests that, while associates of the Trump campaign may have been baited by the Russians to collude, the notion that they didn't take the bait should be reassuring to the country.

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