Fox News host Chris Wallace informed his viewers on Thursday that the White House is “doing everything they can to undercut the credibility of the Mueller investigation” into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election, in preparation for the possibility that charges will be brought against President Trump.
“Obviously that’s part of what you’re seeing going on now; the White House is doing everything they can to undercut the credibility of the Mueller investigation so that if they come up with any conclusions that are hostile to the president they can say, ‘well, we told you so,’” Wallace said on “Outnumbered Overtime.”
Wallace pointed to a Thursday statement by White House spokesman Raj Shah declaring special counsel Robert Mueller has found no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia, as an example of the White House trying to discredit the ongoing probe.
“At one point [Shah] talked about the corruption, the bias in the FBI, he said that the Mueller investigation has found no evidence of collusion,” Wallace said. “Of course, he doesn’t know that, none of us know that, because we don’t know what they have found.”
Wallace said that such comments are “Special Counsel 101,” and suggested it was similar to behavior seen during special counsel Ken Starr’s investigation of former President Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
“One of the things that a White House does when they’re under fire is they do everything they can to discredit a special counsel’s investigation so if and when the special counsel decides to … bring charges against a sitting president, they try to have undercut their credibility,” he said.
“There’s all kinds of criticism of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and their role, but when Robert Mueller found out about their bias … he fired them from his investigation,” Wallace said of the GOP’s criticism of anti-Trump text messages exchanged between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. “So there’s plenty of smoke, but I think we have to wait and see.”