MSNBC analyst and lead prosecutor for former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, Andrew Weissman, has determined that it is “anti-American” for Fox News host Tucker Carlson to push back against the NSA’s invasive spying on him.
Weissmann, who was known as Mueller’s ‘pit bull‘, told host Nicole Wallace on Thursday, “If you think about what Tucker Carlson could have done here, he could have followed the same route that The New York Times and other respected journalists did when they were incidentally overheard and may have, in fact, not been incidentally had their call records obtained by the Department of Justice.”
“They could have gone to the attorney general, and Tucker Carlson could have joined them to say what I’m concerned about here is not that there was incidental collection when I am calling a foreigner, including if you try to reach out to Vladimir Putin, you can pretty much be sure you’re going to be at high risk of being intercepted,” he continued.
“He could have said, look, there’s a First Amendment issue, and I want to be sure there are safeguards, but he didn’t take that route. He did, as you said, and as Frank pointed out, he wanted to use this for his own purposes and to sow distrust which is so anti-American. Instead of raising a legitimate issue about safeguards in the system when you’re dealing with journalists to make sure that this is not something that senior officials in the department are making sure this was done responsibly,” Weissman added.
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Carlson objected publicly on Fox News to the NSA allegedly unmasking him, spying on his private emails, and then leaking them to leftist journalists. The NSA has denied that the conservative host was targeted by their agency. That denial didn’t cut it with Carlson who contends that the NSA is playing word games and never directly answered his questions or accusations about being spied upon.
“We made a very straightforward claim: NSA has read my private emails without my permission,” stated Carlson. “Tonight’s statement from the NSA does not deny that. Instead, it comes with this non-sequitur: Tucker Carlson has never been an intel target.” Carlson noted that the NSA repeatedly denied that they spied on him. They also didn’t answer how a whistleblower knew what the contents of his private emails were.
According to RedState, the NSA tried to circumvent Carlson’s claims by going to Axios in an attempt to spin the story. The agency told reporter Jonathan Swan that Carlson was talking to Russians about arranging an interview with Vladimir Putin and that could have been the reason for the surveillance.
Former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI Frank Figliuzzi also appeared with Weissmann on MSNBC to justify the NSA’s spying on Carlson. He notably did not deny that it was taking place. His take is that Carlson knew he talked to a Russian agent and that he wanted to get out in front of the issue before it surfaced. Even if Carlson spoke to an actual Russian operative, that is not illegal and is well within the scope of researching and reporting. Journalists speak to operatives in countries such as China, Russia, and Iran frequently and are not unmasked for it under freedom of speech considerations. It does not excuse the unmasking of Carlson, eavesdropping on his emails, or leaking details to the press.
Conservatives on Twitter made it very clear that they don’t trust the media or the intelligence agencies:
Not sure how long it will take for real journalism to emerge. We surely won’t get it with @MSNBC or @NicolleDWallace being apologists for what the majority can see was spying on an American journalist @TuckerCarlson. I wonder if she would feel the same if she was the target?
— JoeGo GoJomez G-G-G-Gomez aka Joe Gomez (@Joseph_Gomez) July 9, 2021
speaking with a Russian person is not a crime . @TuckerCarlson is a journalist and that is his job to speak with those kind of people
— Commercial Funding (@Julia40044) July 9, 2021
🤦♂️ If ya know ya know. Media is now a weapon against its own people. 👏 bravo USA😑. Is this what they call shadow warfare?
— ₿l0ckChain3D (@Bl0ckchain3D) July 9, 2021
MSNBC is clearly state news now
— Sonny Chulo (@dfromthebx) July 8, 2021
So we can’t talk to Russians now, I didn’t get the memo!
— Daddy Rose (@washclar3) July 9, 2021
Who believes this junk? Does NBC really think people buy this?
— Jonny B Goode (@papiflorida) July 8, 2021
“Erode the public’s trust”. They lied to the FISA court, altered evidence, surveilled Americans and unmasked them on the most specious pretexts, spied on a presidential campaign based in large part on DNC/HRC funded dirt, repeatedly leaked to media, etc. Trust them? LOL.
— BillHobson (@BillHobson1) July 8, 2021
The network is bat shit crazy. They keep hiring these former intelligence officials as if they’re going to give us the truth. This is what the “media” has become instead of being outraged by this they are defending it.
— John K (@JohnK13785920) July 8, 2021
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