CNN’s Chris Cuomo gave former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne significant airtime on Cuomo Prime Time Thursday night. Byrne made headlines earlier in the day when he resigned from Overstock and then insisted he was part of a bizarre “Deep State” plot involving Maria Butina.
Long before Butina pleaded guilty to conspiring against the U.S., Byrne claims he was ordered by the FBI to have a romantic relationship with her. He also told Cuomo that “she's on her way or was on her way to be president of Russia,” adding “she's a super-talented girl.”
Throughout the interview, Cuomo appeared skeptical. He often repeated Byrne’s claims as if to make sure he was hearing correctly. At one point Cuomo said, “It sounds crazy.” He then put the interview in context saying, “It’s so unusual, I've never heard anything like this Patrick and I've been doing this a long time.”
As Cuomo wrapped the interview he informed Byrne that the scrutiny surrounding his recent revelations was only just beginning. “I'm not telling you to do a media tour, but I’m saying, you know you're going to have to cooperate with authorities,” said Cuomo, “You know people are going to want to vet this information and you know that you can trust that we'll do the job responsibly and I'll check back with you. We have each others numbers.”
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