Trump lies about Guantanamo prisoner releases while Spicer adds extra lies

Another day, another outlandish Trump lie. This time compounded by White House Press Secretary Spicer piling it on with additional lies.

On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted: “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!”

In fact, the overwhelming majority of those men were actually released under President George W. Bush, not by Barack Obama. Only eight or nine of those “confirmed” to be engaged in terrorist activities transferred out under President Barack Obama, according to recent intelligence reports.

Spicer then defended Bush  by telling reporters, “Just to be clear: There’s a big difference: under the Bush administration, most of those were court-ordered.”

But Spicer’s assertion that “most” or “many” of the Bush-era releases were court-ordered is a lie, according to lawyers involved in such cases and to Obama administration officials.

“That’s loony. …That’s just flat-out not true,” said Sabin Willett, a prominent lawyer for Guantanamo detainees. “You can count on one hand, and not even use all your fingers, the number of people a district court ordered released where that was not reversed on appeal.”

In fact, no more than three of the 532 Guantanamo detainees transferred out under Bush were moved because they won a court challenge, legal experts said.

“The truth is that Sean Spicer doesn’t know what he is talking about and doesn’t care enough to take the time to find out,” said former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig, who was deeply involved in Obama’s early Guantanamo policy.

And Trump tweets on.

USA Today fact checks Trump’s lies at his press conference

More falsehoods from Donald Trump today. It’s getting hard to keep track of all his lies, but we will try.

USA Today reports that in his first press conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump repeated false and misleading claims on jobs, health care and his tax returns.

• Trump falsely claimed that there are “96 million really wanting a job and they can’t get [one].” There are roughly 96 million people not in the labor force, but that includes retirees, students and others who don’t want jobs. Only 5.5 million of them want work.

• Trump said that “you learn very little” from a tax return. But experts told us there’s plenty of information to be gleaned from tax returns — such as potential conflicts of interest, charitable giving habits and effective tax rates.

• Trump claimed that “some states” have seen health insurance coverage on the Affordable Care Act exchanges increase by 100%. Only Arizona has an average increase that high, and 84% with marketplace coverage in 2016 received tax credits to purchase insurance.

• Trump continues to oversimplify the rise of the Islamic State by blaming President Obama for “leaving at the wrong time” from Iraq. President George W. Bush set the withdrawal date. More important, there were numerous factors in the rise of the terrorist group.

• Trump claimed that “nobody even talked about it” when hacked emails showed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign got debate questions in advance. Actually, there was plenty of press coverage when it was revealed that former CNN contributor Donna Brazile shared questions with Clinton’s campaign.

For more details, see http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/11/fact-check-donald-trump-press-conference/96449610/