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August 29, 2017

Update: Here's the Story Louise Mensa Has Been "Reporting" or Just Retweeting

We are prepared to believe you.

Chuck Ross combs Louise Mensa's twitter feed so you don't have to:

Louise Mensch, a former British parliamentarian, and Claude Taylor, a former Bill Clinton White House staffer, have for months made sensational claims about Trump and the ongoing federal investigations into his campaign and financial dealings.

Note that the New York Times published a Mensa op-ed on "Russian meddling" in the election. I do not think they'd do that for a right-wing conspiracy theorist with a history of making sensational claims about, say, Obama's birth certificate.

But they did it for Mensa.

So here now some of the reportage/retweetings of former Clinton aide Claude Taylor and Ms. Mensa:

Claiming to be an investigator with Schneiderman’s Organized Crime Task Force, “Caitlan” told Taylor that a modeling agency once operated by Trump was the subject of a sex trafficking investigation.

Mensch circulated Taylor’s claims on Twitter, and on Aug. 15 published an article at her website, Patribiotics, claiming that sources within the intelligence community have told her that Trump is being investigated for trafficking underaged girls.

In one email, “Caitlan” told Taylor that Schneiderman’s office had handed down sealed indictments for executives at the Trump Organization, the Trump family’s real estate company.

“I am aware of at least one preliminary sealed indictment in that case targeting multiple Trump Org principals,” reads one email to Taylor, a Washington, D.C.-based photographer who worked in the Clinton White House in the early 1990s.

On July 23, “Caitlan” told Taylor that the Organized Crime Task Force’s investigation was targeting 78 people in an investigation into Russian organization crime, including up to 40 targets in Trump’s orbit.

Taylor shared those false claims on Twitter as well, and Mensch also passed them along to her followers.

On July 26, Taylor passed on a false tip from “Caitlan” that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Trump confidante, was seeking a plea deal with Schneiderman’s office. The next day, “Caitlan” told Taylor that a money laundering investigation being led by Schneiderman was targeting 15 Russian nationals as well as Trump and his children.

Such specific numbers! Always trust someone's unevidenced, uncorroborated claims if she offers specific numbers. Specific numbers are Science-y and we all love #TheScience.

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