Amid news that Mueller is planning no further indictments, Hemingway repeated a refrain she has pushed on Fox since the probe began, which sets the bar high for wrongdoing: that the “entire Russia narrative” holds that Trump must have “treasonous collusion with Russia.”
She also argued that the special counsel appointed because of the Steele dossier, and dismissed Mueller’s indictments as mere “process crimes” and “lying to the FBI.”
Hemingway added “there needs to be a reckoning” in the media over their promises that Trump would be found guilty of such a lofty crime. “The people who spread this theory,” Hemingway said, and “who did not behave appropriately, need to be held accountable.”
Of course, Mueller’s report has not even been released yet, something Fox News anchor Chris Wallace pointed out in the segment after Hemingway’s comments.
“No one has seen [this report],” Wallace said. “To say that somehow this clears the president seems like the height of rushing to judgment.”
Wallace went on to brutally dismantle the rest of Hemingway’s arguments seeking to dismiss Mueller’s investigation.
“People talk about the appointment of the special counsel,” Wallace said. “The fact is the reason the special counsel was appointed is because Trump fired James Comey in the middle of his investigation. If Comey had been allowed to finish his investigation there probably wouldn’t have been an special counsel.”
“I’m also a little surprised at this talk about process crimes,” he continued. “Process crimes are not parking tickets. Process crimes are lying to federal prosecutors, they’re lying to the FBI. This is the very basis of which justice is administered. And to the degree that which commit perjury, that’s a very serious crime.”
Wallace noted the special counsel resulted in “serious convictions” of Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen.