Fox News anchor Chris Wallace demanded that conservative contributor Katie Pavlich get her “facts straight” after Pavlich insisted that certain witnesses had not been called in the impeachment trial.
Minutes before President Donald Trump’s defense team began its arguments in the Senate impeachment trial on Monday, Pavlich told Fox News viewers that while Republican senators are now weighing whether to call former National Security Adviser John Bolton following his bombshell claims, the House should have presented a more thorough case.
“The Senate is not the House, the House did not come with a complete case, and every impeachment beforehand, the witnesses that were called had been called in the House before being brought to the Senate,” she insisted. “So there are questions here about the process.”
“That’s not true, that’s not true,” Wallace interrupted. “They hadn’t all been called in the House, and in the Clinton impeachment, they’d been called by the general independent counsel. They had not been called by the House.”
After Pavlich claimed that was due to an “extensive Justice Department investigation,” Wallace agreed but noted that she was “just wrong” to claim that all impeachment witnesses were previously called by the House.
“Let me finish. Before the articles were sent to the House, the grand jury material in the Clinton impeachment were handed to the House as part of the articles and given to the Senate,” the right-wing pundit responded. “They were not given after the House voted for those articles. That is the difference. The process does matter.”
Wallace insisted that what Pavlich said “just isn’t true.”
“The fact of the matter was is that the whistleblower information was given to the inspector general, who gave it to the Justice Department,” Wallace said. “The Justice Department decided not to investigate, and that is why it went to the House.”
“So to say that in the Clinton investigation these people were interviewed by the House, one, they weren’t,” he continued. “And to say it wasn’t done by the Justice Department, because the Justice Department refused to carry out the investigation. Get your facts straight!”
“Okay, let’s tone it down,” Fox News anchor Brett Baier jumped in.
Wallace calls out his co-panelist for lying, and Bret Baier tells Wallace to 'tone it down.' Classic.
Chris Wallace to Katie Pavlich: "Katie, what you're saying just isn't true … get your facts straight!"
Anchor Bret Baier: "Okay, okay let's tone it down." pic.twitter.com/VY7okCJKA5
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) January 27, 2020
The tense exchange came just moments after he said on-air that the news that Bolton claims Trump told him that Ukrainian military aid was frozen unless Ukraine investigated the Bidens was obviously major news since Trump supporters were “spinning like crazy” after the bombshell New York Times report.
Fox News' Chris Wallace on the Bolton news: "If you want a sense of how big the news is that we've heard in the past 12-14 hours, listen to the Trump supporters…spinning like crazy that it isn't big news and you get a sense that this is really an important development." pic.twitter.com/o5xl6xj09e
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 27, 2020