CNN Analyst Juliette Kayyem Walks Back Incendiary Claim of Mike Flynn Flipping to FBI
Former top Obama Homeland Security official and "Security Mom" author Juliette Kayyem appeared on Don Lemon's CNN program this weekend and made an astounding claim: former Trump National Security Adviser Mike Flynn had flipped against the administration and cut a deal with the FBI.
That claim flew around social media all day yesterday and continues to be circulated, despite the fact that Kayyem quickly backtracked on it.
Now if anyone is to blame for making this now seemingly false claim go viral it's Kayyem herself, as she is the one who posted the video of her making the claim on CNN to her Twitter account.
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) March 25, 2017
One of the first to jump on board to push out her inflammatory claim was Huffington Post contributor Seth Abramson, who invoked his own legal background to lend credence to Kayyem's story:
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) March 25, 2017
Then Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe jumped in:
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) March 26, 2017
Next, left-wing blogs pushed the story out:
Needless to say, there were some skeptics:
With the sensational story making the full rounds on social media Kayyem then backtracked, posting the following "clarification" on Facebook:
Of particular note was this line:
But, to be clear, I did not say on this segment that I have any confirmation that he is actually cooperating or that I have talked to anyone who does.
Having rolled out the rumor rug, Kayyem pulled it out from underneath everyone hyping her claim.
Note that in her tweet pushing out the Don Lemon segment where she made the claim, she invoked "her sources." As mentioned above, if anyone was responsible for pushing out misleading or intentionally misdirecting anyone, it was Kayyem herself.
Distraught supporters then began their own walkbacks, beginning with Seth Abramson:
(2) Now one yet has (or has claimed to have) _confirmation_ of whether Flynn is working with the FBI to take down other #Russiagate targets.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) March 26, 2017