Tucker Carlson believes that Michael Cohen’s guilty plea of lying to Congress shows what a poor job Washington has done in equally applying the law.
The Fox News host acknowledged that it was “good news” that lying to the U.S. Congress is an enforceable felony as reports broke Thursday that Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, had pleaded guilty to making false statements about his contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“We should take our own law seriously,” Carlson said Thursday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
But a double standard in enforcing the law can create another problem, one that has continually played out in Washington, D.C. recently, as he pointed out.
“Three cheers for law and order. The problem is, if you are going to enforce statutes, you have to enforce them fairly and evenly,” Carlson said. “The law has to apply to everyone. Otherwise it’s not really the law – it’s a political weapon.’
“Michael Cohen is facing five years in prison for telling Congress something that he knew was false. How often does that happen in Washington?” Carlson asked.
“If you watch C-SPAN you know the answer: constantly. All the time. There are almost never any consequences,” he added, citing a study that revealed only six people in 60 years were convicted of lying to Congress.
“In other words, the law is not enforced and that’s why people break it so often,” he noted.
Carlson then expounded on his point, explaining how top government officials have gone unpunished – and actually been rewarded – after blatantly lying to Congress. Video clips were shown of sworn testimony from former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, telling Congress in 2013 that the NSA does not spy on American citizens. Clapper was not charged with lying but “got richer” after retiring when he was hired by CNN as an analyst.
He also noted how former FBI chief James Comey also got rich promoting his tell-all book after he lied under oath in 2017 “that he had never been an anonymous source for new stories while he worked at the FBI.”
“The same people rooting for Michael Cohen’s destruction for lying consider Jim Comey a hero,” Carlson noted, moving on to former CIA director John Brennan who “lies constantly.”
“That is well documented,” the Fox News host added.
“Brennan was never charged with a felony for lying to the Congress. In fact, just the opposite. Washington rewarded him. Brennan is now an analyst for NBC News. He could be on the air tonight telling you why it is so vitally important that Michael Cohen was charged with lying to Congress,” Carlson continued.
“Do you notice a theme here that connects all of these stories?” he asked viewers.
“The well-connected can do pretty much whatever they want. They can lie to the Congress with impunity – and they do. They can lobby for foreign governments without bothering to register – and they do. If they’re rich enough they can even, I don’t know, molest children without being seriously punished. Ask Jeffrey Epstein,” he said, referring to the multimillionaire who was accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.
“None of this by the way is a defense of Michael Cohen, that guy’s a creep. He may very well wind up in jail,” Carlson said.
“But if Cohen does wind up in jail, let’s hope he’s just the first in a long series of prosecutions,” he concluded. “If the law is applied to Michael Cohen, then it has to be applied to people who have lied about things that actually matter.”
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