Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday called out former Clinton advisor Richard Goodstein for labeling Carter Page a Russian spy despite there being no evidence to prove the accusation.
“But let me ask you a question, how is that not spying? If you get a warrant to spy on someone and surveil that person, maybe it’s justified you’re arguing a different point, my point is though it is spying and to say it’s not spying is the definition of dishonesty. Right?” Carlson asked. (RELATED: Nunes: Americans Will Be ‘Shocked’ By other Carter Page FISA Info)
“No. So the trump people insist that Carter Page was not working the campaign, as of the time that the FISA warrant was authorized. And don’t forget, it was several Republican judges and only Republican judges who authorized it time and time and time again,” Goodstein responded. “They didn’t spy on a rival campaign, they spied on a Russian agent. A single Russian agent.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes claimed last month that the FBI and Justice Department failed to include exculpatory evidence in surveillance warrant applications against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. (RELATED: Nunes: FBI Failed To Include ‘Exculpatory’ Evidence In Carter Page Fisas)
“I think you are accusing an American citizen of a crime for which he has not been charged. So I’m going to leave that between you and your libel lawyer to sort out,” Carlson responded. “But keep in mind, the person you accused of being a Russian agent has denied it and never been charged with it, and there’s no evidence that he was. So it’s a very heavy thing to say about a fellow American.”
Goodstein shot back, “If he comes after me for libel, truth is a defense and I think I have the whole intelligence community of the United States backing me up on that one.”
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