Tucker Carlson: Was the Mueller probe worth it?

Liberals are thrilled by the Mueller investigation these days. It seems like all upside to them. Their political opponents are being harassed day and night. Some of them may soon be indicted. The administration can barely govern with all the noise about Russia. Robert Mueller is said to be a Republican – they always tell … Continue reading “Tucker Carlson: Was the Mueller probe worth it?”

Liberals are thrilled by the Mueller investigation these days. It seems like all upside to them. Their political opponents are being harassed day and night. Some of them may soon be indicted. The administration can barely govern with all the noise about Russia.

Robert Mueller is said to be a Republican – they always tell us that. But in effect, Robert Muller is doing the heavy lifting of the Democratic Party. If you’re a progressive who hates Donald Trump, this is like Christmas every single day.

Or is it?

Writer T.A. Frank has his doubts about that. Frank is no right-winger. He doesn’t like Donald Trump.

But he’s thought this through. In an insightful piece for Vanity Fair, Frank wonders if liberals will look back and consider the Mueller investigation worth doing. In response to criticism from the left, Frank notes this: "Trump's White House has pursued what is arguably the harshest set of policies toward Russia since the fall of Communism. Hardly something to celebrate. Yet nearly all the pressure, from the center-left as much as the right, is toward making it even tougher [on Russia].”

So the question is, is it really wise to risk war with a nuclear-armed power solely for short-term partisan political advantage? Is that a precedent you want to set, Frank wonders.

And then this, which ought to be printed and taped to the fridge in the kitchen of every Democratic political consultant in Washington.

"The weapons you create for your side today will be used by the other side against you tomorrow. Do we really want the special-counsel investigation to become a staple of presidential life? It's a creation with few boundaries on scope and a setup that encourages the selection of a suspect followed by a search for the crime, rather than the other way around."

Well, that’s a good point. Democrats are now telling us that Robert Mueller is somehow above the reach of government. Any executive branch oversight of his investigation qualifies, they tell us, as an impeachable offense.

In their telling, Mueller is something like a God-prosecutor, accountable only to himself. But the question is will Democrats be comfortable with this standard when the next independent counsel investigates the next Democratic president? And more to the point, what ever happened to representative government? Shouldn’t all federal employees answer to elected officials, who in turn answer to voters? Well, not anymore.

In the name of defending democracy, the left is weakening democracy. Democrats don’t seem to understand that now. They’re having too much fun watching their enemies suffer. But they will understand it. And likely they’ll deeply regret it.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson's monologue on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on December 6, 2018.

Tucker Carlson currently serves as the host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Tucker Carlson Tonight (weekdays 8PM/ET). He joined the network in 2009 as a contributor.

Tucker Carlson: The Mueller probe continues to hurt people who have no connection to Russian spying

The Mueller probe continues to hurt people who clearly have no connection at all to Russian spying or Vladimir Putin.

Writer Jerome Corsi says Mueller’s prosecutors entrapped and then threatened him with prison, in an effort to make him compliant. Corsi says he has rejected a plea deal from Mueller and will be fighting back.

Plenty of others on television are confident that this – the Jerome Corsi connection – is finally is the big breakthrough, not at all like the other 10 or 20 breakthroughs that went nowhere:

Here’s how former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Governor Howard Dean put it on MSNBC:

"It is after all this time a pathway between Trump through Stone to Russian intelligence. The question now is, has he crossed the line legally? And it looks every day that this goes on that he has more and more."

And then there was this comment made about the Mueller probe by another pundit:

"The basic lay of the land is that you have a special counsel with an extremely strong hand – of which we are seeing a small piece…"

“A special counsel with an extremely strong hand” … crushing Jerome Corsi.

Jerome Corsi though has not backed down. Instead, on Monday, he filed a criminal complaint against Robert Mueller. He alleges gross misconduct by the special prosecutor's office.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson's monologue on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on December 3, 2018. 

Tucker Carlson currently serves as the host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Tucker Carlson Tonight (weekdays 8PM/ET). He joined the network in 2009 as a contributor.

Tucker Carlson: The word ‘Russia’ eliminates all rational thought in journalists

After two long years of the most expensive and wide-ranging independent counsel investigation in a generation, we should be close to nabbing those dastardly secret agents from Russia who supposedly hacked our presidential election. Are we? No, we’re not.

Robert Mueller's prosecutors are instead threatening elderly men with life in prison for petty crimes. Crimes that have nothing to do with spying or Russia or anything else that threatens America. The whole thing is a grotesque joke. But you'd never know that from watching cable television. Here was CNN on Tuesday, in all it's breathless stupidity:

ANDERSON COOPER: Potentially big news questions in the Russia investigation and the corresponding lack of answers from the White House

JIM ACOSTA: Any kind of collusion with the Russians…

DON LEMON: And then there's the Russia investigation…

PHIL MUDD: We know the Russians were involved in interfering in the election …

NYT's PATRICK HEALY ON CNN: From Russians offering, as we know, in the Trump Tower meeting some kind of dirt on Hillary Clinton…

ERIN BURNETT: The Russian hackers began to target Clinton's accounts…

DON LEMON: Fact. It's Russia.

Russia!!! Says Don Lemon.

The word itself is a kind of magical incantation that eliminates all skepticism and rational thought in journalists.

Whatever the claim is, they believe it wholeheartedly. Not just because they're dumb, though obviously, they are dumb. But because — Russia!!!!!! It's a spell, like “eye of newt.”

Just a day ago, on Tuesday, the Guardian newspaper reported that Paul Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, held a series of secret meetings with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, over a period of years.

It all sounded very sinister. But the problem is, there's precisely no evidence that any of that actually happened. There's a lot of evidence to suggest the story is false.

Assange is one of the most closely-monitored people on the plant, living in Europe's most heavily-surveilled city. Yet somehow nobody saw or recorded any of these meetings, which, by the way, everybody supposedly present denied ever took place.

The whole thing was absurd. Under pressure from reality, the Guardian quickly walked back its story.

Yet here’s the key part. The geniuses in the American press corps continued to act like it was all completely real.

The Washington Post's senior political reporter, Aaron Blake, repeated the Guardian's claim as gospel. So did John Campell of CNN, and CNBC's John Harwood, not surprisingly. Because, whatever. It sounded right!

Manafort would probably meet with Assange in Russia or London. Whatever. Who cares if he actually did?!

Keep in mind, these are reporters. They're supposed to be fact based. They’re supposed to be our watchdogs. They're not.

These people are just mindless enforcers of whatever the establishment line of the day happens to be.  They're intellectual thugs, dispatched to make the rest of us shut up and obey our ruling class.

Who'd believe anything they say?

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on November 28, 2018.

Tucker Carlson currently serves as the host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Tucker Carlson Tonight (weekdays 8PM/ET). He joined the network in 2009 as a contributor.

Tucker Carlson: For the crime of forgetting, Jerome Corsi is facing bankruptcy and imprisonment

Jerome Corsi is 72-years-old. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He has written two New York Times bestsellers about politics. He is the kind of person who could, and probably should be happily retired by now. Instead, he's facing felony charges from Robert Mueller.

How did this happen?

Earlier this year, the independent counsel

subpoenaed Corsi and seized his laptop and personal phone. – They had all of his communications. They know exactly what he did and didn’t say.

In September Corsi was summoned to an interview with prosecutors. They asked him if he'd ever tried to broker a meeting with Julian Assange in London. Corsi responsed, no. “I didn’t want anyone to see Assange.” So the prosecutors left the room to confer after Corsi said that. They returned and informed Corsi that he'd just committed a felony.

On Corsi’s laptop was an email chain — from more than two years before — in which he had been asked to contact Assange. Corsi forwarded that email to someone else.

Nothing ever came of any of this.

And, again, the Independent Counsel would know, because they have Corsi’s laptop and phone. They know that Corsi never left the United States and never spoke to Julian Assange.

Corsi said he forgot all about forwarding the email.

For the crime of forgetting, he is facing bankruptcy and imprisonment.

So ask yourself this question. How would any of us fare under this standard?

How would Robert Mueller fare under the same standard he set up for Jerome Corsi? Mueller is 74-years-old. What if the next special prosecutor seized his personal computer and interrogated him about every email he'd ever sent — or forwarded — going back years?

He'd probably be able to remember some of it. But all of it, to the letter?

Keep in mind, the slightest mistake would mean prison time.

Would that be justice? Or would it be its opposite?

Adapted from Tucker Carlson's monologue on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on November 27, 2018.

Tucker Carlson currently serves as the host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Tucker Carlson Tonight (weekdays 8PM/ET). He joined the network in 2009 as a contributor.

Tucker Carlson: Socialism with open borders is impossible

We just had a vacation, so we're trying to think a little more broadly about what's happening in this world. Here's what we came up with.

If you had to boil down the Democratic Party's long-term goals to the most important goals, the first would be this, and it's obvious, the federal  government ought to cover the essentials of life for most people, health care, college, housing, food, in some cases, a guaranteed basic income.

That's the program the Democrats espouse. Another word for it might be socialism.

The party's other long-term goal is the elimination of meaningful restrictions on immigration into this country. Get rid of ICE, accept most refugees, give citizenship to tens of millions of people here illegally. In other words, open borders.

So those are the Democrats' main priorities, a massive social welfare state and millions of new citizens from the third world. Nobody is hiding that. We're not making it up. They're saying it out loud. The problem is that those two goals conflict with each other.

You can either admit the world's poor into your country or you can give your own people more free stuff, but you can't do both. The math doesn't work. Socialism with open borders is impossible. It has never worked and it never will work.

Anyone who thinks about that for about a minute understands it. So, the idea is fatally flawed. The question is how do you sell a program that can never actually work? Well, you lie about it. You pretend that what's obviously true isn't true at all, and you are evil for thinking otherwise.

And, of course, that's exactly what they're doing now.

Here’s how CNN chief White House correspondent (and de facto DNC spokesman) Jim Acosta, earlier this month, scolded the president for daring to suggest that migrants from the imaginary caravan, should it actually exist, might try to hop over the U.S. border:

“Your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls and so on–

DONALD J. TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well that's true.

ACOSTA: –for — but–

TRUMP: They weren't actors.

ACOSTA: –they're not going to be doing that.

TRUMP: They weren't actors. Well no, it's true. Do you think they were actors? They weren't actors. They didn't come from Hollywood.

ACOSTA: All right.

They're not going to be doing that, says Democratic Party flack Jim Acosta.

Turns out, that's precisely what they're going to be doing, and just did, over the weekend.

American authorities had to shut down the border crossing at San Ysidro, California right next to San Diego after about a 1,000 people tried to rush the crossing.

So, that's what the DNC channels told us was never going to happen. And, course, it did happen. And it was bad. Mexican riot police and the U.S. Border agents both came under attack from the mob, which threw rocks at them.

With no meaningful wall along the borders, authorities used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Now, there is fairly recent precedent for doing that.

In 2013, a group of about a 100 people tried to rush the very same border crossing at San Ysidro. American authorities forced them back with pepper spray. Barack Obama was president at the time. And the incident passed with little notice.

Just five years later, there is a new president and an entirely different standard.

The left erupted over the pictures of the tear gas being used and accused the administration of moral atrocities. Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz, got so worked up he suggested that American authorities had committed a war crime by using illegal chemical weapons.

Keep in mind, the same so-called chemical weapons are used against unruly American citizens all the time, and nobody cares.

But those weren't American citizens you just saw getting tear-gassed over the weekend. They were migrants. They were holy men on a sacred pilgrimage – a pilgrimage north. What happened to them was inexcusable. Cue the moral outrage:

BENJAMIN LOUIS CARDIN, SENIOR UNITED STATES SENATOR, MARYLAND, DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEMBER, FORMER U.S. REPRESENTATIVE FOR MARYLAND'S 3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: Here we look at children get — being subjected to tear gas. That's the United States causing that. That's outrageous.

ANA VIOLETA NAVARRO FLORES, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST, POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: We have seen the images of the children and the women and there has got to be a pragmatic and compassionate answer here that does not involve tear-gassing children. That is not who America is.

“That's not what America is” declares some random blowhard on CNN who has somehow been deputized to lecture you about what America is.

On the left, America is always one thing for sure, in every case, wrong.

This is what happened when an MSNBC guest suggested that federal Border Patrol agents must've been lying about being attacked with rocks.

LAUREN LEADER, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, ALL IN TOGETHER: The only question is whether or not anyone actually threw rocks yesterday. NPR was reporting that actually it was relatively peaceful.

Yes. “Relatively peaceful.” Except for video of this scene, which somehow didn't make it into many news reports.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

(CROWD PROTESTING)

(MAN THROWING STONE)

(END VIDEO CLIP)

So well, yes, it turns out they were, in fact, throwing rocks. But according to a lot of the analysis you may have seen today, it was in a “peaceful” way, gentle rock-throwing, really more tossing than throwing, playful actually.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

(CROWD PROTESTING)

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Now, here's a different perspective. This is from someone who was actually there in San Ysidro and, in contrast to the people you just saw, is not a professional propagandist. Here’s how Rodney Scott, Chief Patrol Agent, San Diego Sector Border Patrol described it:

“I kind of challenge that this was a peaceful protest or that the majority of these people were claiming asylum. We ended up making about 42 arrests, only eight of those were females and there were only a few children involved.

The vast majority of the people we're dealing with are adult males.

One of the groups that I watched that one of the groups that actually, several of them were arrested, they passed 10 or 15 marked Border Patrol units walking east to west, or, west to east, I'm sorry, numerous uniformed personnel, as they were chanting, waving a Honduran flag and throwing rocks at the agents. If they were truly asylum seekers, they would've just walked up with their hands up and surrendered, and that did not take place.

What I find unconscionable is that people would intentionally take children into this situation. What we saw over and over yesterday was that the group, the caravan, as we call them, would push women and children towards the front and then begin, basically, ‘rocking’ our agents.”

So, there you have it. We'll let you reach your own conclusions about who is telling the truth about what's happening right now in our

Southern border. Check the video before you make up your mind.

But as you ponder it, step back and ask yourself some more fundamental questions: Is there a natural limit to this kind of immigration? How many resources does America really have to share with the rest of the world? Are we as rich as we assume we are? Are you?

How many poor people can we realistically accept before we're not that rich at all but increasingly resemble the countries from which these people are fleeing?

And, by the way, if accepting more poor people really makes you more prosperous, then what exactly has happened in California over the past 30 years, which, despite record levels of immigration, is poorer than ever?

Now, it's possible there are good answers to these questions, logical answers. On the other hand, if there are answers, why is the left trying to prevent you from asking the questions?

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on November 26, 2018.

Tucker Carlson currently serves as the host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Tucker Carlson Tonight (weekdays 8PM/ET). He joined the network in 2009 as a contributor.

Tucker Carlson: Socialism with open borders is impossible

We just had a vacation, so we're trying to think a little more broadly about what's happening in this world. Here's what we came up with.

If you had to boil down the Democratic Party's long-term goals to the most important goals, the first would be this, and it's obvious, the federal  government ought to cover the essentials of life for most people, health care, college, housing, food, in some cases, a guaranteed basic income.

That's the program the Democrats espouse. Another word for it might be socialism.

The party's other long-term goal is the elimination of meaningful restrictions on immigration into this country. Get rid of ICE, accept most refugees, give citizenship to tens of millions of people here illegally. In other words, open borders.

So those are the Democrats' main priorities, a massive social welfare state and millions of new citizens from the third world. Nobody is hiding that. We're not making it up. They're saying it out loud. The problem is that those two goals conflict with each other.

You can either admit the world's poor into your country or you can give your own people more free stuff, but you can't do both. The math doesn't work. Socialism with open borders is impossible. It has never worked and it never will work.

Anyone who thinks about that for about a minute understands it. So, the idea is fatally flawed. The question is how do you sell a program that can never actually work? Well, you lie about it. You pretend that what's obviously true isn't true at all, and you are evil for thinking otherwise.

And, of course, that's exactly what they're doing now.

Here’s how CNN chief White House correspondent (and de facto DNC spokesman) Jim Acosta, earlier this month, scolded the president for daring to suggest that migrants from the imaginary caravan, should it actually exist, might try to hop over the U.S. border:

“Your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls and so on–

DONALD J. TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well that's true.

ACOSTA: –for — but–

TRUMP: They weren't actors.

ACOSTA: –they're not going to be doing that.

TRUMP: They weren't actors. Well no, it's true. Do you think they were actors? They weren't actors. They didn't come from Hollywood.

ACOSTA: All right.

They're not going to be doing that, says Democratic Party flack Jim Acosta.

Turns out, that's precisely what they're going to be doing, and just did, over the weekend.

American authorities had to shut down the border crossing at San Ysidro, California right next to San Diego after about a 1,000 people tried to rush the crossing.

So, that's what the DNC channels told us was never going to happen. And, course, it did happen. And it was bad. Mexican riot police and the U.S. Border agents both came under attack from the mob, which threw rocks at them.

With no meaningful wall along the borders, authorities used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Now, there is fairly recent precedent for doing that.

In 2013, a group of about a 100 people tried to rush the very same border crossing at San Ysidro. American authorities forced them back with pepper spray. Barack Obama was president at the time. And the incident passed with little notice.

Just five years later, there is a new president and an entirely different standard.

The left erupted over the pictures of the tear gas being used and accused the administration of moral atrocities. Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz, got so worked up he suggested that American authorities had committed a war crime by using illegal chemical weapons.

Keep in mind, the same so-called chemical weapons are used against unruly American citizens all the time, and nobody cares.

But those weren't American citizens you just saw getting tear-gassed over the weekend. They were migrants. They were holy men on a sacred pilgrimage – a pilgrimage north. What happened to them was inexcusable. Cue the moral outrage:

BENJAMIN LOUIS CARDIN, SENIOR UNITED STATES SENATOR, MARYLAND, DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEMBER, FORMER U.S. REPRESENTATIVE FOR MARYLAND'S 3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: Here we look at children get — being subjected to tear gas. That's the United States causing that. That's outrageous.

ANA VIOLETA NAVARRO FLORES, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST, POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: We have seen the images of the children and the women and there has got to be a pragmatic and compassionate answer here that does not involve tear-gassing children. That is not who America is.

“That's not what America is” declares some random blowhard on CNN who has somehow been deputized to lecture you about what America is.

On the left, America is always one thing for sure, in every case, wrong.

This is what happened when an MSNBC guest suggested that federal Border Patrol agents must've been lying about being attacked with rocks.

LAUREN LEADER, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, ALL IN TOGETHER: The only question is whether or not anyone actually threw rocks yesterday. NPR was reporting that actually it was relatively peaceful.

Yes. “Relatively peaceful.” Except for video of this scene, which somehow didn't make it into many news reports.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

(CROWD PROTESTING)

(MAN THROWING STONE)

(END VIDEO CLIP)

So well, yes, it turns out they were, in fact, throwing rocks. But according to a lot of the analysis you may have seen today, it was in a “peaceful” way, gentle rock-throwing, really more tossing than throwing, playful actually.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

(CROWD PROTESTING)

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Now, here's a different perspective. This is from someone who was actually there in San Ysidro and, in contrast to the people you just saw, is not a professional propagandist. Here’s how Rodney Scott, Chief Patrol Agent, San Diego Sector Border Patrol described it:

“I kind of challenge that this was a peaceful protest or that the majority of these people were claiming asylum. We ended up making about 42 arrests, only eight of those were females and there were only a few children involved.

The vast majority of the people we're dealing with are adult males.

One of the groups that I watched that one of the groups that actually, several of them were arrested, they passed 10 or 15 marked Border Patrol units walking east to west, or, west to east, I'm sorry, numerous uniformed personnel, as they were chanting, waving a Honduran flag and throwing rocks at the agents. If they were truly asylum seekers, they would've just walked up with their hands up and surrendered, and that did not take place.

What I find unconscionable is that people would intentionally take children into this situation. What we saw over and over yesterday was that the group, the caravan, as we call them, would push women and children towards the front and then begin, basically, ‘rocking’ our agents.”

So, there you have it. We'll let you reach your own conclusions about who is telling the truth about what's happening right now in our

Southern border. Check the video before you make up your mind.

But as you ponder it, step back and ask yourself some more fundamental questions: Is there a natural limit to this kind of immigration? How many resources does America really have to share with the rest of the world? Are we as rich as we assume we are? Are you?

How many poor people can we realistically accept before we're not that rich at all but increasingly resemble the countries from which these people are fleeing?

And, by the way, if accepting more poor people really makes you more prosperous, then what exactly has happened in California over the past 30 years, which, despite record levels of immigration, is poorer than ever?

Now, it's possible there are good answers to these questions, logical answers. On the other hand, if there are answers, why is the left trying to prevent you from asking the questions?

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on November 26, 2018.

Tucker Carlson currently serves as the host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Tucker Carlson Tonight (weekdays 8PM/ET). He joined the network in 2009 as a contributor.