Brit Hume is the latest Fox News host to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller and smear his team of “partisan” lawyers investigating possible Russian collusion with Donald Trump campaign staffers during the 2016 election.
During a panel discussion with investigative reporter Bob Woodward, Hume asserted that it would be “highly inappropriate for the Trump campaign” to have colluded with Russia, but claimed “it’s not a crime.”
“[Mueller has] hired several lawyers who have made contributions to the Democratic Party, and would appear, at least on the surface, to be Democrats and perhaps Democratic partisans,” Hume began before adding,
He added: “It’s worth noting, I think, that this investigation has never been officially described as anything other than a counterintelligence investigation, which is to say that its purpose was to find out the extent of the Russians’ attempts to interfere in the election and influence the election. It was not, therefore, a criminal investigation, and has never been described as a criminal investigation. Do we all now believe it has now become a criminal investigation?”
“Well, we reported in The Washington Post that it is [a criminal investigation], and these investigations, as you well know, they mushroom, they grow,” replied Woodward.
“They can,” admitted Hume.
“Well, they almost inevitably do,” said Woodward.
Later Hume asked: “Can anybody identify the crime? Collusion, while it would be obviously alarming and highly inappropriate for the Trump campaign, of which there is no evidence by the way, of colluding with the Russians. It’s not a crime,” he huffed. “So are we talking about here the president’s firing of Comey being and obstruction of justice? And they got a grand jury on that? Is that was this is about?”
As RawStory notes:
Hume is actually wrong, with Politifact noting that Nathaniel Persily of Stanford University Law School said it is a crime according to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.
“A foreign national spending money to influence a federal election can be a crime,” Persily explained. “And if a U.S. citizen coordinates, conspires or assists in that spending, then it could be a crime.”