Poor Shep Smith. It must be tough watching the news stream in, day in and day out, which doesn’t jibe with the mainstream media’s narratives about the Trump administration.
But like a steadfast soldier, Shep goes out there and does it, a modern day Sysiphus.
Take the Washington Post report published Tuesday that Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said President Trump asked him who he voted for during a series of questions that McCabe characterized as “disturbing.”
McCabe’s description of the closed-door conversation, coming at a politically sensitive time for the White House, has even led some Democratic senators to suggest that Trump’s comments may amount to obstruction of justice.
Enter Fox News. White House correspondent John Roberts reports that two “prominent” White House officials do not recall the president ever asking McCabe the loaded question.
“The Russia investigation is the news today after we got word that President Trump asked the FBI’s deputy director, who was acting director at the time, which candidate he voted for in the 2016 election,” Shep led in.
“That’s according to The Washington Post newspaper,” he continued. “That said, a senior Trump Administration official tells John Roberts other people at the meeting say they don’t remember that happening. More from John Roberts in a moment,” Shep added, making sure he got a word in edgewise.
“The Washington Post stands by its reporting. Current and former U.S. Officials tell the post that the president met with Andrew Mccabe after firing James Comey last year,” Smith went on. “McCabe reportedly told President Trump he didn’t vote. The president reportedly takes aim at McCabe’s wife, complaining about hundreds of dollars in donations to her failed 2016 Senate campaign from a committee run by a friend of Hillary Clinton.”
“The Post also reports that a special counsel, Robert Mueller, is looking to question President Trump about his decision to fire Comey and the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn,” Shep continued. “Fox News has confirmed the special counsel’s investigators interviewed the attorney general, Jeff Sessions. That was last week.”
“Bob Mueller is looking to Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, possible collusion with the members of the Trump campaign and whether the President of the United States obstructed justice,” Smith said, telling all Fox viewers what they already knew. “President Trump and the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, have said there was no collusion. Our chief White House correspondent John Roberts is live in Davos, Switzerland for us this evening where the president is traveling later today for a economic meeting. John, what are you hearing from your sources about the president’s meeting with McCabe?”
“Well, you heard the press secretary just a short time ago said that she couldn’t confirm he said that,” Roberts replied. “She said she wasn’t in the room. She didn’t deny it, despite independent reporting from two separate news organizations, The Washington Post and The New York Times, also being told that he asked McCabe who he voted for.”
“The White House is pushing back very hard against this idea that during that meeting the president asked that question to Mccabe and that he scolded him over his wife, Jill’s, donation from a pack associated with Terry McCauliffe when she was running for the state Senate in Virginia,” Roberts continued.
“A senior administration official told me earlier today the two prominent White House officials in the room and took notes regarding the meeting said they did not recall hearing the president say ‘who did you vote for?’ to then-deputy director McCabe, who was being appointed as interim director of the FBI.
“In terms of whether it came up about his wife, they said yes, that did come up,” Roberts confirmed. “They can’t remember the subject of the donation coming up. But anything that I was said about the relationship between Jill McCabe and Terry McCauliffe was said as a joke. In no way did the president upbraid McCabe. They said that McCabe knew what it was like to be yelled at by the president and that didn’t help.”
“And there’s new reporting that the special counsel is looking to question the president,” Shep said. “Fears the timing is imminent. What do we know about this request about whether the president would be under oath, the circumstances surrounding questioning…”
“We learned back at the end of last year that the president was likely, we were told, going to sit down with the special counsel, Robert Mueller, for an interview,” Roberts said. “You probably remember, Shep, I asked the president that question directly. He seemed to suggest because there was no collusion, there may not be a need for an interview.
“The headlines have been blaring the special counsel wants to ask him about the firing of Comey and Flynn,” Roberts went on. “Of course, if you have the president sit down in front of you, you’ll ask him those questions the same way you would of every other official.”
“The big question now seems to be, despite the fact that the president’s attorney in the White House Ty Cobb saying he’s eager to have a sit down with Mueller, whether or not the president will do this at all.”
“The point was made to me that if you are an attorney representing a client who you believe has fully cooperated with an investigation giving up everything, why would you let your client sit down with a special counsel for an interview that could go down one of a thousand different rabbit holes?” Roberts said. “I’m beginning to get the idea that an interview of the president… may not be as ‘likely’ as we were told it was just a few weeks ago.”
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