Tucker Carlson called for those in Washington who pushed the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy to serve penance.
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: The Russia hoax ended yesterday — not with a bang, but with the muddled half-memories of a fading old man slipping in and out of focus. America sat transfixed by Robert Mueller’s halting testimony before congress. No honest person could have come away believing that the president of the United States colluded with the Russian government to steal an election. That was the allegation, you’ll remember. After the most extensive investigation in modern American history, we can conclusively say once again, what we told you the day this all started: The whole thing is a crock. It never happened. They were lying to you. That’s clear now. The debate is over.
But that doesn’t mean the Russia story has ended. There are loose ends. For two and a half years, some of the most powerful people in America — supposedly serious, well educated people, many of them — made wild and untrue allegations about issues critical to the life of this country, all on the basis of no evidence whatsoever. It’s hard to believe they did that, but they did. What should happen to these people? Congressman Adam Schiff, for example. Schiff claimed he possessed actual evidence of Russian collusion. And he didn’t just say that once. He said it repeatedly:
SCHIFF: And there is significant evidence of collusion.
SCHIFF: This is ample evidence of collusion of people in the Trump campaign with the Russians.
SCHIFF: I think there’s plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy.
In the end, Schiff never produced the evidence. It didn’t exist. He was bluffing, which is to say lying. He still is. As of yesterday, Schiff was continuing to claim that the Trump campaign, quote, “embraced foreign help, made use of it, and covered it up.” Collusion, in other words. Schiff still believes the hoax. Or does he? Today, Adam Schiff went CNN to carry water for his boss, Nancy Pelosi. Impeachment might not be a great idea, he told CNN’s viewers. But wait. That doesn’t make sense. If Donald Trump is working for a hostile power, how can we not impeach him? No one on CNN asked Schiff to explain this, unfortunately. Not that it matters. You see what’s going on: Adam Schiff never believed a word he was saying. The good news is, Schiff isn’t delusional. The bad news is, Schiff is a soulless liar, a man willing to say literally anything for political advantage. Which is the worst of all. A lunatic is more appealing. Naturally, Washington being what it is, Schiff has been richly rewarded for his shameless deceit. He’s still the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, one of the most powerful jobs in government. He’s all but certain to be there for years. And what about his enablers, the journalists and pundits and fellow lawmakers who helped Schiff tell his lies? These are the people, you’ll remember, who blithely accused the sitting president of treason:
CARL BERNSTEIN: The evidence suggests, indeed, Trump is, has been a pawn of the Russians,
MAZIE HIRONO: But when you start to see a pattern where he basically spouts Putin’s lines, then we have to ask the most unusual and frightening question about our own president.
DON LEMON:…why this president seems to be putting Russia's interests ahead of our own,
SAMANTHA VINOGRAD, CNN: Well Kristy, the President's tweet trying to make the case that he's not a Russian asset really just undercuts his own defense. The President's tweet couldn't have been scripted better if it was written by Putin himself.
JOHN BRENNAN: This is nothing short of treasonous because it is a betrayal of the nation. He is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.
CLAPPER: Is there influence whether witting on unwitting by the Russians over President Trump?
SCHUMER: The possibility, the very real possibility, that President Putin holds damaging information over President Trump.
PELOSI: Trump's eagerness to sell out America proves the Russians must have something personally, politically or financially on President Trump.
Think about what you just saw there. That last person was Nancy Pelosi. She’s the Speaker of the House, third in line from the presidency. The country’s most powerful lawmaker. Supposedly a wise and sober person. Yet there she was telling you it’s been “proven” that the president of the United States is working for a hostile foreign power. Has any speaker in history ever said something so irresponsible? Nothing comes to mind. But if you think that’s shocking, consider this: she’s still saying it. Our producer Alex Pfeiffer ran into Pelosi this afternoon on Capitol Hill, and asked her. Listen to what she said:
PFEIFFER: Speaker Pelosi, Alex Pfeiffer with 'Tucker Carlson Tonight,' you wondered what Putin had on Trump. Are you any closer to figuring that out?
PELOSI: We have the courts right now.
PFEIFFER: Are you any closer to figuring out what Putin has on Trump.
PELOSI: That’s why they need to answer our subpoenas.
PFEIFFER: Do you think Putin has some kind of blackmail on the president?
PELOSI: I wonder what Putin has politically, financially or personally.
PFEIFFER: So the president could be open to blackmail you think?
That 15-second exchange tells you everything. Pelosi says the president is a traitor who is committing treason. Yet, she doesn’t want to impeach him. That only makes sense when you understand that Pelosi doesn’t mean a single word she says. Everything is political, meaning it’s only about power. This isn’t just annoying. It’s ominous. Fifteen years ago this spring, we invaded Iraq to stop a WMD program that didn’t exist. Thousands of American troops died. Trillions of dollars were wasted. It was the single greatest mistake in generations. Yet, nobody in Washington was ever punished. The people who planned it went on to better jobs. One of them is now our national security advisor. Five years after the Iraq War, our economy collapsed. The specific causes might have been complex, but the themes were highly recognizable: Greed and stupidity. Once again, no one was ever punished for it.
Fast forward another 11 years, to today. America stands on the brink of yet more foolish foreign entanglements, and potentially another financial meltdown. Why? Because nobody in Washington has learned anything. Why would they? When they screw up, there are no consequences. They skate by on the usual mixture of aggression and BS. Nothing to see here. Keep moving. Imagine if you let your kids act like that. They’d be in prison. Maybe it’s time to stop the cycle. How about this: If you get caught lying about the big things in life — whether it’s about weapons of mass destruction, or subprime mortgages, or Russian collusion — you have to admit it, and serve penance. Not prison time necessarily, but punishment. You can’t stay in Washington making six times the average American salary. Nope. Sorry. You’ve got to leave — relocate to Camden, New Jersey, for example, or Gary, Indiana and do something useful, like clean motel rooms for minimum wage. Not forever. Just for a decade or so. Until you’ve learned your lesson. Call us when you’ve done that, and not before.