Fox host calls out Trump IN REAL-TIME for lying about the IG report


Well you know everybody is viewing this maybe
from the lane of what they do for a living. I’m viewing it as a reporter and the potential
headline—remember, this comes against the backdrop of Donald Trump talking about the
investigation of him in 2016 as a political hitjob. At one point he talked about President Obama
ordering the wiretapping of the Trump Tower. In one of his first hearings as attorney general,
Bill Barr talked about the FBI spying on the Trump campaign. He later said well spying is not a pejorative
word, I view it as a perfectly legitimate word. Usually people talk about surveillance, not
spying, which would seem to have a negative connotation. When you read the report and we’re obviously
all skimming through it, the headline is that they didn’t find the things that Bill Barr
and Donald Trump alleged. They basically found that there was no political—he
found, Michael Horowitz, there was not political bias, either by James Comey or by his deputy
Andrew McCabe. They found that it was proper to launch the
investigation. You can argue about whether the threshold
was proper but here’s the inspector general who’s spent months investigating it and
450 pages explaining it that it was proper to launch the investigation and indeed that
it was proper to seek a warrant on Carter Page. This is Fox News’ Chris Wallace calling
out, in no uncertain terms, the extent to which the IG report, which Republicans had
pinned their hopes on would show that the very basis for opening the Russia probe into
the Trump campaign were partisan and unfair, was in fact warranted. In other words, yet another effort to mislead
the American people into thinking that rightful oversight of the Trump administration was
somehow misguided was yet again struck down. And yet, to the surprise of exactly no one,
Trump’s response to the findings is in no way aligned with that reality— Okay thank you very much. The IG report just came out and I was just
briefed on it and it’s a disgrace what’s happened with respect to the things that were
done to our country. It should never again happen to another president. It is incredible. Far worse than I would’ve ever thought possible
and it’s an embarrassment to our country. It’s dishonest. It’s everything that a lot of people thought
it would be, except far worse. So I’m going to get some very detailed briefings
but they are—it’s a very sad day when I see that. A very sad day when a lot of people see that. They had no nothing, it was concocted. Say what you want, that was probably something
that’s never happened in the history of our country. He didn’t even alter his response to support
the fact that the IG report actually DISPROVED his theories about the investigation being
partisan. Instead, he just tried to straight up gaslight
the American people, wheeling off a statement regardless about how it was far worse than
he could’ve ever imagined, that it’s unfair to the country. It’s like he lost the Oscar, but stood up
and gave his acceptance speech anyway. And Chris Wallace picked up on this, because
he responded to Trump in real-time, acknowledging the fact that Trump’s response to the IG
report wasn’t actually based in reality— Some of the bigger claims, some of the headlines
that had been made by president Trump and Bill Barr have not been borne out and some
of the things that were being said just now in that cabinet room meeting were not borne
out. And while Chris Wallace’s efforts are appreciated
and justified, they’re going to fall on deaf ears. And that’s because, like EVERYTHING ELSE
this administration does, it’s not about the facts. It’s not about the findings of any investigation. It’s about their narrative, their message. And if the results don’t fit that narrative,
screw it, they’ll just pretend it did and carry on that way. Just like how Trump has been demanding everyone
read the transcript of his call with Zelensky, despite the fact that it was that VERY transcript
that shows him asking for the favor of an investigations into the Bidens with zero mention
of fighting corruption. The Republican Party’s proclivity for seeing
something and identifying it as the COMPLETE opposite will never cease to amaze me. Even attorney general Bill Barr outright rejected
the report’s findings – again, the same report that Republicans were falling over
themselves to promote back when they thought it would validate their own agenda. He said in a statement, “The inspector general’s
report now makes clear that the F.B.I. launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential
campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the
steps taken.” And John Durham, a federal prosecutor whom
Barr appointed to run a separate criminal probe into the origins of the Russia investigation,
also rejected the findings, saying, “Last month, we advised the inspector general that
we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the
F.B.I. case was opened.” And what this proves, yet again, is that the
officials that Trump has appointed to defend the law are, in actuality, there to defend
Trump. They’ve already decided that the Russia
investigation was just a Democratic ploy—sorry, a “Democrat ploy” to sabotage the president,
despite the fact that the Mueller report outlined a slew of evidence of the Trump campaign cooperating
with Russian officials and then committing obstruction of justice on 10 separate occasions. In other words, the report was trying to wrongfully
target a guy who the report proved committed gross misconduct. Got it. The simple fact here is that it is beyond
clear that Trump committed an impeachable offense. It is beyond clear that he tried to bribe
Ukraine with taypayer funded military aid. It is beyond clear that he withheld military
aid. It is beyond clear that he blocked his administration
officials from testifying in response to legally binding subpoenas. But what’s also beyond clear is that he
will reject those facts – he will reject reality outright – to advance his own personal
agenda, to protect his interests and save himself. The Trump administration might be willing
to sell this Orwellian gaslighting to the American people, but we are in no way buying
it.

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