Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” network senior political contributor Brit Hume pointed out the potential contradiction in the testimony of FBI Director James Comey before the House Intelligence Committee a day before regarding an investigation into President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign’s “collusion” with the Russian government.
Hume pointed to Comey’s acknowledgment of an investigation dating back to July, but also his denial of surveillance, which might have been necessary for an investigation.
“There’s one other thing worth mentioning here — the FBI director also said in an answer to the question that he had found no evidence, no information pointing to a wiretap of Donald Trump or of Trump Tower — no evidence of that. However, what about this investigation that’s been going on since July of the Trump campaign and Trump associates? Are we not to believe there is no surveillance associated with that? We do know, as you pointed out, that Mike Flynn was caught up in a wiretap. That may be a routine wiretap of the Russian ambassador to whom he was speaking. But who knows?”
“And when he made this announcement, Comey, that there was this investigation going on, which he said he received permission from higher up to do this announcement — there was a story back on January 19 in The New York Times, which basically laid this whole thing out and said it was based on surveillance that indicated there had been these contacts. That story also said it wasn’t clear that the wiretaps turned up anything about the Trump campaign. So, we kind of don’t know where we are here. And remember this — this is also supposedly a counter-intelligence investigation, which that means it is basically national security matters. So, what’s up with that? I mean what’s that tell us about how likely they are to find about Putin or collusion? One wonders.”
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