Fox News host Chris Wallace said the media hysteria over President Trump’s firing of Obama-appointed FBI Director James Comey is overblown but warranted.
Wallace, a registered Democrat, told Fox & Friends hosts Pete Hegseth, Abby Huntsman and Clayton Morris that the firing is a “big story” that deserves the over-the-top coverage it has received.
Hegseth pointed out that the anti-Trump media first played up the “Russia collusion” angle (which still has not produced any evidence) in a bid to undermine and delegitimize Trump. Now, they’re collectively sensationalizing the Comey firing as if it’s apocalyptic.
“It’s been about Russian collusion from the beginning,” Hegseth said. “His critics have tried to make him look not legitimate. And five days after the firing of Comey, the media is still chomping at the bit with hysteria.”
Wallace agreed that some of the media rhetoric has been “overblown,” but said it’s warranted. “I do take exception to the idea that this is hysteria,” Wallace said. “There are some cases there that I shake my head and think that’s over the top. But this is a big story.”
Wallace continued: “The fact that we’re continuing to talk about it a week later. This is the first time in history that a president has fired an FBI director who was conducting an investigation that was directly investigating him and his associates. It’s a big story and I think it’s a legitimate story to cover.”
As a veteran news personality who has covered politics for decades, Chris Wallace should know that Comey’s firing will not have any effect on the FBI investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The FBI team that has been conducting the probe for the past year will continue regardless of who is FBI director.
That’s what Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, when he testified: “The work of the men and women of the FBI continues despite any changes in circumstance, any decisions, so there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date.”
It’s interesting that Chris Wallace is now rushing to defend James Comey, whom he slammed six months ago for his bungled handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server.
“I think he should have shut his mouth,” Wallace told Fox News in November 2016. “He became much too much of a political player in this whole thing. That isn’t what the FBI director is supposed to be.”
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