Tucker Carlson mocked Rep. Ted Lieu and his “secret knowledge” pertaining to Robert Mueller’s testimony.
The Fox News host slammed “Tinfoil Ted” for his questioning of the former special counsel during this week’s congressional hearing and for seeming to imply that President Donald Trump was a “criminal all along.”
(Video: Fox News)
“So this Wednesday Mueller shuffled to Capitol Hill. Democrats prodded him like a zoo animal” in hopes that he would denounce Trump as “a traitor to our nation and a war criminal,” he said Friday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“But he didn’t do that. So California’s Ted Lieu pushed him. Lieu tried to make Mueller explain he did not indict Trump but Trump should still be in prison,” Carlson continued before playing a clip from the exchange on Capitol Hill.
“I would like to ask you, the reason again you did not indict Donald Trump is because of OLC opinion that stated you cannot indict a sitting president. Correct?” the California Democrat asked Mueller during his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.
“That is correct,” he responded.
“Get it? Orange Mussolini was a criminal all along,” Carlson commented. “Finally, Ted Lieu was able to extract the truth from Robert Mueller. President Trump is a criminal. Except not.”
In a follow-up clip, Mueller was seen before the House Intelligence Committee clarifying his previous statement.
“I want to add one correction to my testimony this morning. I want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mr. Lieu who said ‘You didn’t charge the president because of the OLC opinion.’ That is not the correct way to say it,” he testified. “As we say in the report, and as I said at the opening, we did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime.”
Carlson pounced on Lieu following the video.
“‘As we say in the report, and as I said at the opening’, in other words, Mueller wasn’t saying anything new. He was just repeating what he had been saying for months. But Congressman Ted Lieu was not convinced by this. Indeed, Ted Lieu smelled a rat. There had to be a reason that Robert Mueller was unwilling to disavow two years of work and all of his prior statements to produce a Democratic talking point for Ted Lieu. What could the reason be? Ted Lieu had a good idea. Clearly, the Russians had gotten to Mueller, too.”
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the Democrat lawmaker seemed to think Mueller’s remarks were “very odd,” implying that someone may have pressured the former special counsel to change his testimony.
“I don’t know who got to him, I don’t know who talked to him, but that was very odd what he did,” Lieu said. “I don’t know. But he clearly answered the way he answered to me and then he at numerous times to walk it back… I don’t really understand what happened.”
Carlson blasted the congressman’s conspiracy theories.
“Hmm. Now to be clear, this is a diagnosis, this is how crazy people talk,” Carlson said. “Tinfoil Ted is a nutcake. he’s like your cousin who’s convinced the moon landing was faked on a sound stage.”
“Ted Lieu thinks he’s got secret knowledge that explains everything. How did the Russians get to Robert Mueller? Was it a cash bribe in rubles? Could have been brainwashing?
“Hopefully one of our dutiful Congressional correspondents will ask Ted Lieu for details. We’d like to know,” Carlson added, before noting the far out view from Lieu’s colleague, Rep. Eric Swalwell.
“If you think Ted Lieu has gone around the bend, and he has, you haven’t listened to Swalwell recently,” he said, playing a clip of the former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who “sets the standard.”
Swalwell spoke to CNN about his view that Russians have the ability to change vote counts in America.
“And to think there are people who believe we should legalize hallucinogenic mushrooms. A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” Carlson said after playing the video clip, adding that the Democratic Party no longer exists in a “tangible reality.”
“For two years they accused anyone who ever read a Tolstoy novel of being a Russian agent and they mean it,” he concluded, noting that recent examples of the conspiracy theories launched by Democrats have not been from “minor figures.”
“These are the leaders,” he said.
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