Fox News Can’t Find Republicans to Defend Trump In Wake of Recent Comey Memo
As another bombshell story is thrown onto the pile — this time reporting that former FBI Director James Comey claimed that President Donald Trump told him to close an investigation into Mike Flynn — Fox News has struggled to get Republicans on air to defend the president.
According to the Times report, Comey said Trump told him: “I hope you can let this go,” and “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
In the wake of the shocking report, Fox News scrambled to get Republican lawmakers on air to defend the president — but they’re apparently in short supply.
As Fox host Bret Baier noted on Special Report Tuesday night, “we’ve tried tonight to get Republicans to come out and talk to us, and there are not Republicans willing to go on camera tonight as of yet.”
“And we’ll see if that changes,” Baier added.
Charles Krauthammer appeared on Special Report to confirm Baier’s claim, adding “what I think is really stunning is that nobody, not even from the White House, has come out under their own name in defense of the president here.”
“We don’t see any Republicans on camera,” Krauthammer noted. “And that is totally understandable. They’ve just watched over the last ten days, people who went out on a limb on the Comey firing, and said it was the result of the memo from the deputy Attorney General, and had they’re limb sawn off by Donald Trump himself without a flinch,” left “humiliated and contradicted.”
“So who is going to step out now and defend the president in these denials?” Krauthammer said.
The absence of Republicans willing to defend Trump follows two weeks of disastrous headlines for the president: just last Tuesday, Trump fired Comey, igniting a massive controversy given the former FBI director’s investigation into Trump’s campaign. Then, a Washington Post story from Monday night reported that Trump divulged highly classified information in a meeting with Russian officials.
According to Fox’s Chris Wallace, the network even had trouble booking Trump surrogates for Sunday shows after last week.
So what are Republican lawmakers up to? If this Tweet from Politico reporter Rachael Bade is anything to go by, not much:
I just asked @DarrellIssa abt the Comey news and he flicked me off — literally gave me the middle finger — and kept walking. Said nothing
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) May 16, 2017
Watch Baier and Krauthammer above, via Fox News.
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