“This firing was overdue, and everyone in Washington knows it.”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson wasted little time getting to the root of the matter when he used his show Tuesday to explain why President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey — and he used some some pretty strong words to do it.
During his news segment Tuesday, Carlson summarized Comey’s recent involvement in the presidential election and his activities since the Trump inauguration to build the case for why Comey had to go.
“Comey repeatedly injected himself into political matters the country’s chief investigative figure should stay out of,” Carlson said. “In 2015, for example, he came out against police body cams right after President Obama endorsed them, effectively undermining the president.”
And then came the infamous July 2016 news conference about Hillary Clinton’s emails, when Comey recommended no charges be filed against the former secretary of state.
If that weren’t enough, Comey then announced this spring that the FBI was investigating Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign, while refusing to confirm or deny an investigation into anti-Trump leaks that circulated after the election.
Carlson then explained how Comey completely exaggerated the number of classified emails Hilary Clinton aide Huma Abedin forwarded to her husband, former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“She forwarded hundreds and thousands of emails,” Comey said in a Senate hearing. But even CNN reported that the estimate was inaccurate, noting that FBI officials had clarified that the number was actually “far fewer than the amount Comey described.”
Carlson noted that Comey single-handedly turned he FBI into a “key political player.”
Perhaps the most shocking revelation is Carlson’s own experience with Democrat and Republican lawmakers’ off-camera opinions of Comey — and his strongest argument for why the former FBI director had to go.
“He was feared in a way that no appointed bureaucrat should ever be feared in a free society,” Carlson said.
“Time and again, elected lawmakers on both sides came on this show and expressed concerns about his behavior. But they did so only during commercial breaks with the cameras off. Why?” he questioned.
“Because they were terrified at the prospect of criticizing him in public. They certainly don’t have that fear of the sitting president of the United States, and that tells you everything you need to know about Jim Comey.”
Strong words, indeed. And Carlson nailed it.