Responding to President Donald Trump’s continued criticism of Attorney Jeff Sessions over his decision to recuse himself from the Russian collusion investigation, Fox News host Chris Wallace claimed Friday that the blame for the investigation even existing lies entirely with the president.
“[T]he recusal of Sessions did not lead to the special counsel,” Wallace argued during a discussion with anchor Trace Gallagher. “It was the firing of Comey, of James Comey the FBI director, that led to the appointment of a special counsel, and the only person the President can blame for that is himself.”
He also cited a recent polls that show that whereas the president’s favorability rating appears to be declining, support for Robert Mueller’s investigation seems to be rising. He alleged that these polls prove Trump’s complaints about the “witch hunt” against him aren’t resonating with the public.
These statements were issued in response to Trump telling Bloomberg during an interview Thursday that Sessions is safe in his job until at least the midterm elections.
“I just would love to have him do a great job,” the president reportedly said. “I’d love to have him look at the other side.”
The president has been critical of Sessions for both treating Democrat offenders with kid gloves and making no efforts to alter the course of the Russian collusion investigation.
That said, there were a couple problems with Wallace’s claims. While it’s true a special counsel wasn’t assigned until after Comey’s termination in the spring of 2017, it’s an indisputable fact that the DOJ had begun investigating Trump over unproven allegations of collusion during the Obama administration.
It’s also been alleged Obama effectively weaponized the FBI and CIA to rig the 2016 election for Hillary Clinton by planting a spy inside the 2016 Trump campaign and illegally surveilling his aides. The point is that the war against Trump started long before he dismissed Comey from his post.
Regarding the polls cited by Wallace, the problem is that different polls offer different results. According to a poll by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling, two thirds of Republicans and a third of Independents believe Mueller’s investigation should be shut down, while an even larger 80 percent view the investigation as a “witch hunt.”
The polling averages maintained by RealClearPolitics likewise show that while the president’s approval ratings have dropped slightly, they’re still not as low as they were earlier in his presidency:
Given these inaccuracies with Wallace’s claims, it’s not surprising his rhetoric was met with derision and mockery on social media.
@FoxNews Someone tell Chris Wallace that the Mueller witch hunt was not Trumps fault,is he that stupid he doesn’t see the conspiracy to undo an election by by THE FBI,DOJ,ONAMA AND HIS ADMIN.TELL US CHRIS EXACTLY HOW IS IT TRUMP’S FAULT?
— Darlene Sivak-Kurnig (@DARLA_1) September 1, 2018
Chris Wallace: Trump is to blame for everything bad that’s ever happened in the history of the universe and conversely, obama is the uber god of gods.
— ShadowGhost (@426_ghost) September 1, 2018
Wallace: Trump has only himself to blame for Mueller probe CHRIS B CAREFUL YOUR LIBERAL VEINS ARE BLEEDING!!!
— James Thompson (@brojthompson) September 1, 2018
I realized long ago that Chris Wallace was a SLY OPERATOR! He is as bad or worst than Shepard Smith at what used to be Fox NEWS! He twists as fast as the 50’s & ’60s ! Can’t Trust Him Anymore! https://t.co/EX6CCwFN1g
— Don Pewtress (@pewdrdad) September 1, 2018
Easy for big mouth Chris Wallace, Democrat to throw stones at our Amazing American President Trump. He fails to acknowledge Comey’s fallacies that caused his firing.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace: Trump only has himself to blame for Mueller probe https://t.co/NVIHEdBFAc via rawstory
— RayRod (@imrayrod) August 31, 2018
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