If only the president hadn’t fired Jim Comey.
Despite mounds and mounds of evidence that make it look like President Donald Trump was framed by haters in the FBI and other powerful branches of government, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace still believes that special counsel Robert Mueller’s just-concluded investigation into Russian collusion is all Trump’s fault.
He strongly believes that.
He ferociously argued this point when the news came out late Friday that the report was complete and again during a discussion Sunday morning with former congressman Jason Chaffetz.
The discussion began with Chaffetz pointing out that Democrats have no other option but to accept Mueller’s conclusions.
“Mueller has all the credibility in the world and there are no new indictments,” he said
Wallace pushed back on this by claiming that President Donald Trump has been saying the opposite for two years. That’s not entirely true. The president has mostly been critical of the investigation, not of Mueller specifically. Why? Because of evidence showing the investigation had been launched illegally.
Case in point:
The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2018
Chaffetz fired back Sunday by pointing out that the president may have been correct all along.
He noted that, now that Mueller’s investigation is over and nobody has been charged, indicted or convicted for collusion, it does seem as if the investigation was predicated on nonsense.
“I do think 90 days from now, there is going to be an Inspector General report that could be very damning about the highest echelons within the FBI and what they were doing. And I think that may have the most consequences,” he said.
The Inspector General has been examining whether the Russia collusion investigation was launched because of anti-Trump political bias. The evidence strongly suggests it was.
But never mind the evidence, said Wallace.
“No, no, no!” he angrily declared, cutting Chaffetz off. “We’re not going to go there. It originated because Donald Trump fired [then-FBI Director] James Comey. And then he said to Lester Holt on NBC, it’s the Russia thing. That’s why there was a special counsel.”
Listen to the whole discussion below:
There’s a word for what Wallace said: bullshit!
The host believes Trump fired Comey because of the then-FBI director’s refusal to clamp down on the then-growing concerns about Russian influence — and that this allegedly unjustified termination was what gave rise to Mueller’s fruitless collusion investigation.
It’s a demonstrably false belief, though.
“Every single Democrat in this town wanted to fire James Comey,” Chaffetz retorted, adding that the president had received a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommending that Comey be canned because of the “substantial damage” he’d done to the agency.
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation has long been regarded as our nation’s premier federal investigative agency. Over the past year, however, the FBI’s reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire Department of Justice. That is deeply troubling to many Department employees and veterans, legislators and citizens,” Rosenstein wrote on May 9, 2017, the day Comey was fired.
More importantly, the Russian collusion narrative existed long before Comey’s termination. In fact, it started way back in the days of President Barack Hussein Obama.
As conservative commentator Dan Bongino explained on “Fox & Friends” earlier Sunday morning, the investigation was launched because of a largely discredited dossier that was written by a British spy, based on the intelligence of Russian operatives, paid for by the Democrats, funneled to Obama’s FBI and subsequently used to justify a FISA warrant against Trump’s campaign.
And after all this, nothing has been proven.
But never mind the facts.
“He said the Russia thing was part of it,” Wallace reiterated.
During an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt following Comey’s termination, Trump casually declared that he had the Russia, Russia, Russia nonsense in mind when he ordered the firing.
Again, this doesn’t prove anything, especially in light of Rosenstein’s memo. There’s also the fact that, as Chaffetz noted, it wasn’t illegal for the president to fire Comey.
“He has a constitutional duty … he can fire him, and I’m saying Democrats were all in favor of that as well,” he said, only to be cut off again by Wallace, who complained that the former congressman was “eating into the next segment.”
It’s unclear why the host remains so resistant to the facts. He acted similarly Friday when conservative commentator Mollie Hemingway suggested that the conclusion of Mueller’s investigation proves that the Russian collusion narrative was a giant nothing burger.
“The fact that there are no more indictments coming and the fact that all of the indictments we’ve seen thus far have been for process crimes are things unrelated to what we’ve been told by so many people in the media with treason, collusion to steal a 2016 election, I think it’s very significant,” she said on “Special Report with Bret Baier.”
Wallace didn’t believe that either.
“We don’t want to rush to judgement and I think that since this report has come out, since no one has seen it, to say that somehow this clears the president seems like the height of rushing to judgment,” he said.
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