Appearing Tuesday on Special Report on Fox News, conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer responded to the New York Times report alleging that President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.
Krauthammer asserted that it was “stunning” that so few Republicans are defending the president, but noted that it was understandable considering the plethora of controversies and scandals that have plagued Trump and his administration.
“I think what’s really stunning is that nobody, not even from the White House,” Krauthammer said, “has come out under their own name in defense of the president here. You got an anonymous statement, we don’t see any Republicans on camera.”
“And that is totally understandable,” he continued, “they just watched over the last ten days, people who went out on a limb over the Comey firing, and said it was a result of the memo of the deputy attorney general, had the limb sawed off by Donald Trump himself without a flinch and were left humiliated and contradicted.”
“And then when you look at what happened with the Russian ambassador,” Krauthammer said, “last night people were saying, the people high up that were in the room, by name said that this never happened. And then in the morning it looks as if the tweets that Trump issued acknowledged it happened and he had every right to do it.”
“So who is going to step out now and defend the president in these denials which could very well be true,” Krauthammer said, “when you’ve seen what happened to Republicans who stepped out on denials in two other cases, and were left like on an ice flow off of Norway?”
Krauthammer referred to the administration’s changing narrative regarding the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey. White House spokespersons claimed that the president had made his decision based on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, but later in an interview Trump contended that he would have terminated Comey despite the recommendation.
Krauthammer also referenced administration officials’ denials of a Washington Post report that the president had disclosed confidential information to the Russians. The next morning, the president appeared to confirm the allegation, but claimed he was within his rights to impart the information.
Demands for impeachment are already coming from Democrats, while Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has sent a letter to the FBI requesting documents that will assist in allowing a full investigation into the accusations against Trump.
The video of Krauthammer is below:
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