Trump's lies about Robert Mueller's questions for him took a beating at the hands of his buddies on 'Fox & Friends.'
Trump responded to the bombshell report on special counsel Robert Mueller’s questions for him by falsely claiming the list included nothing about collusion with Russia. And even one of his biggest fans over at Fox News had to call that lie out.
On “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning, co-host Steve Doocy eagerly pushed the White House spin. “It’s hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened. Where were all the questions about Russia?” he wondered.
But his colleague Brian Kilmeade didn’t go along with it.
“But there is some collusion questions in there,” Kilmeade correctly pointed out. “So to say there’s not collusion is not right.”
Doocy also claimed that Mueller’s questions show he’s “just out to get” Trump, echoing Trump’s petulant “witch hunt” outbursts. But Kilmeade again pushed back, pointing out that the questions were actually well-founded.
“The questions aren’t don’t seem necessarily out of left field. They seem thorough and comprehensive and a bunch of traps,” Kilmeade said.
There were at least 13 questions related to the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia among those reported. Several focused on the infamous Trump Tower meeting that Trump and his White House tried to cover up.
In addition, many questions focused on disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
This isn’t the first time the “Fox & Friends” gang has had to deliver a dose of reality to Trump. During his unhinged marathon interview last week, Doocy had to remind Trump it was his own Justice Department he was complaining about. And Kilmeade himself occasionally displays some reluctant honesty.
Kilmeade’s latest moment of candor appears to be aimed at saving Trump from himself. Trump is an obsessive viewer of “Fox & Friends,” and has even floated the idea of becoming a regular guest of the program.
But Kilmeade’s attempt at a course correction appears to have fallen on deaf ears. Minutes after this segment, Trump was back to insisting there was “no collusion,” and calling Mueller’s investigation a “hoax.”
There are fewer and fewer safe spaces for those lies, even among Trump’s favorite “friends” at Fox News.