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Dem Rep. Schools Fox News Analyst On The Difference Between A Fact And An Opinion In Epic Takedown

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz laid into Fox News legal analyst Jonathan Turley for attempting to treat 'pure conjecture' as hard fact during a recent Congressional hearing.

screenshot of Debbie Wasserman Schultz; screenshot of Jonathan Turley

Florida Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz criticized Fox News legal analyst Jonathan Turley for treating "pure conjecture" as proven fact during a hearing for the House’s new Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.

Wasserman Schultz did not accept Turley's claim he has “unique knowledge” of the “Twitter files” leak of a series of messages between the social media platform's leadership team in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.

The purportedly leaked messages shed light on the political disputes that erupted at Twitter as its officials deliberated over how to handle the dissemination of a New York Post story about the contents of a laptop owned by President Joe Biden's son, attorney Hunter Biden.

When Wasserman Schultz asked him if he has "a formal relationship" with Twitter, Turley said he does not and only has "an account," which prompted the politician to shut him down immediately.

You can watch their exchange in the video below.

After Turley—an attorney and law professor at The George Washington University—admitted his knowledge of Twitter did not go beyond the Twitter files leak and what he's personally read in the media, Wasserman replied with the following:

“So essentially your responses to the questions here today were your own opinion and pure conjecture."
"You said that you don’t have any specific or unique knowledge of Twitter, but you spoke as if you did. ... And so this is only just your opinion, would you say, as a Twitter account user?”

After Turley denied that he was merely giving his "opinion" as a Twitter user, saying he came to "give legal analysis based on facts that are in the public domain," Wasserman Schultz said:

“‘Legal analysis’ is another word for ‘opinion.'"

Many praised Wasserman Schultz for the way she handled the exchange and criticized Turley in the process.

Turley later made an appearance on Fox and Friends to decry his treatment at the hands of Wasserman Schultz, saying her refusal to hear his analysis of the Twitter files leak is "like saying you have to work at the Pentagon if you want to testify about the implications of the Pentagon Papers."

Turley went on to say that the "whole premise of [his] testimony was that Twitter has now authenticated and confirmed these facts" and suggested Wasserman Schultz and her fellow Democrats are not interested in talking about the government's role in censoring Americans.