In a scathing commentary on Fox News, Chris Wallace excoriated “opinion people” who were ignoring the facts of the letter from former special counsel Robert Mueller to Attorney General William Barr in order to push a favorable political agenda.
And he specifically named his own network, Fox News, as the home of some of the culprits he was criticizing.
“You know, I know there’s some people who don’t think that this March 27th letter is a big deal and some opinion people, some opinion people who appear on this network, who may be pushing a political agenda,” Wallace said.
“But you know we have to deal in facts!” he added.
“And the fact is that this letter from the special counsel,” he explained, “and it was one of at least three contacts with the attorney general between March 25th and March 27th, was a clear indication that the attorney general was upset, very upset, with the letter that had been sent out by the attorney general and wanted it changed, or wanted it at least added to, and the attorney general refused to do so.
“He felt that the attorney general’s letter was inaccurate,” Wallace continued, “he says in the conversation he was talking about media coverage. That’s not what he said in the letter, what he says in the letter is, you didn’t reflect what we found in the report.
“And there are a lot of people having read now the full report, or as much as has been not redacted, agree that he didn’t reveal what was fully in the report,” he added.
“Again, those aren’t opinions, that’s not a political agenda,” Wallace concluded. “Those are the facts!”
The March 27 letter from Mueller to Barr was used by Democrats to support their contention that Barr had lied in order to protect the president but others noted that the Department of Justice indicated that Mueller rejected the idea in a phone call with Barr.
Some pointed out that Fox News opinion host Laura Ingraham had criticized Wallace for saying that the letter was an important document.