Again debunking a right-wing conspiracy, Fox News’ Shepard Smith took aim at President Donald Trump‘s assertion that Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s team will meddle in upcoming elections.
In his segment Tuesday, Smith called it “unfounded, not based in fact or reason with no evidence.”
“The president says that Robert Mueller and his team are meddling in the midterms,” Smith said. “There’s nothing to support that claim and neither the president nor the White House has offered anything to support that claim.”
Pushing back on the claims even further, Smith implied the president’s labeling of Mueller’s associates as “13 Angry Democrats” didn’t appear to make much sense since Mueller himself is a Republican, adding that “documents show there are people that registered as Democrats on the special counsel’s team but Robert Mueller is a Republican and so is President Trump’s deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, an appointment many top Republicans praised.”
Despite Trump’s refrain calling Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt,” Smith denied that it was, portraying it as a legitimate probe and noting that it has led two four ex-Trump associates being charged.
Smith then turned to the president’s beliefs that an FBI agent may have infiltrated his campaign, a theory which he’s calling “Spygate.”
While the rumor has been amplified by the Fox News itself, Smith had no reservations speaking on behalf of the entire outlet, denouncing the allegation.
“Fox News knows of no evidence to support the president’s claim that lawmakers from both parties say using an informant to investigate suspected ties to Russia is not spying,” he said. “It’s part of a normal investigative process.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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