The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics and Washington has asked the FBI to investigate whether or not Mitch McConnell is in hot water. CREW is asking if "Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), violated federal law and Senate rules by misusing Senate staff or resources to conduct opposition research on potential campaign opponents."
(CNN) – One of the questions to emerge from that secret recording of a Mitch McConnell campaign strategy session is whether it proves the Senate Minority Leader is caught on tape misusing his congressional staff. [...]
In the Mother Jones transcript, a campaign strategist at the McConnell meeting in February is quoted as thanking "LAs" or legislative assistants (legislative assistant being a title for a specific congressional staff position) for their work in developing opposition research on potential opponents, including actress Ashley Judd, who has since decided against a run for the Kentucky seat.
"So I'll just preface my comments that this reflects the work of a lot of folks: Josh, Jesse, Phil Maxson, a lot of LAs, thank them three times, so this is a compilation of work, all the way through," the unidentified strategist is quoted as saying in the liberal magazine's transcript.
Yes CNN, "the liberal magazine's transcript" is making all kinds of biased liberal assumptions in its biased liberal transcript. Good thing unbiased "liberal media" source CNN pointed that out.
The question CREW is asking is whether the adviser said, "thank them for their free time." You can hear that part in the first few seconds of the audio above, starting at about :25, ending at about :33.
As CNN notes, Congressional staffers are allowed to volunteer their personal time to political activities. Socialists!
Before I read the full post or anything that would sway me one way or the other, I listened to the recording several times, and each time I thought I heard "three times," with an S at the end. Then I read the rest of the report to understand that the conclusion wouldn't favor Team McConnell. Fine by me.
Listen carefully yourselves and let me know what you think.