‘Isn’t There More Than a Whiff of McCarthyism?’: Chris Wallace Grills Senator on Trump/Russia Claims


During today’s broadcast of Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace pressed Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) over comments he made in an MSNBC interview last week where he indicated that the intelligence community had transcripts of conversations between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign.

Playing a clip of Coons telling Andrea Mitchell that “there are transcripts that provide very helpful, very critical insights” and that he believes “they exist,” Wallace wondered aloud if this hearkened back to a darker time.

“Senator, we’re talking here about the President of the United States,” Wallace said. “Isn’t there more than a whiff of McCarthyism for you as a U.S. Senator to say there are transcripts out there that provide insight into whether or not there was collusion, but you don’t know whether or not they exist?”

Coons answered that he was trying to encourage the intelligence community to give raw data to the congressional committees, which he says he’s now been told will happen. He further added that he apologized for his comments perhaps leading to a hyperventilation in the Senate.

Wallace also grilled Coons over whether he knew of any hard evidence that there was collusion between the Russians and Trump campaign that went beyond suspicion, to which Coons acknowledged he didn’t have that rock-hard proof. The Fox News host then wanted to know if this was all just a way to prevent the Trump administration of getting their agenda moving.

Watch the exchange above, via Fox.

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