Acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Stone appeared on Fox’s Tucker Carlson Tonight to vent about the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and claimed he was “shocked” by the intelligence agencies’ “hostility” toward President Trump.
The liberal director pointed out that while many in the intelligence community are quick to accuse Russia of hacking the U.S. election, he argued that the evidence is “thin” and does not back up their claims.
“We have to have evidence of this. There’s a thin amount of evidence,” Stone said. “It’s been told to us by three agencies — the CIA, the NSA, and the FBI. It was told to us in January, a few days before Mr. Trump came into office.”
He also stated that CIA Director John Brennan’s testimony that Russia interfered in the election only served to fuel the “fear and paranoia” propaganda surrounding the claims, calling it a hostile attack on the president “without any evidence” of collusion.
“I’m shocked at what the CIA did and what Brennan did. It seemed like he was very hostile to Trump,” Stone said. “Trump was, in a sense, slapped in the face with two weeks to go,” Stone said. “This thing is serious. It’s calling Trump, essentially, a ‘Manchurian Candidate.’ That’s as hostile as it’s ever been in a transition.”
While Stone did not directly come out and say that Putin didn’t play a role in the alleged interference in the election, he did suggest a possible conspiratorial agenda by the “deep state” or certain members of the intelligence community who are acting to take down the president and circulating the rhetoric of Russian meddling, despite there being insufficient evidence.
He also called out “media pressure” for playing a role in pushing the Russian collusion storyline with its constant stream of interviews claiming that Russia is the “number one existential threat.”
“You have to ask yourself, ‘Who is running the country?’” Stone told Carlson during the interview.
Lastly, he mentioned that if anyone played a role in swaying the election, it would be former FBI Director James Comey for reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server weeks leading up to the election.
Stone’s interview with Carlson on the Russian-Trump allegations dovetails with his newly-released documentary on Showtime, The Putin Interviews, which is a four-part series featuring interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin. After the series began airing, Stone immediately received backlash from liberals, accusing him of selling out and for being a “lap dog of Putin.”
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