Fox’s Chris Wallace says Republicans are ‘having trouble with the facts’ of impeachment

October 26, 2019

Fox News’ Chris Wallace just shocked viewers by going on an anti-Trump rant. 

This past week, House Republicans stormed a closed-door impeachment hearing with complaints about a lack of transparency. It was these same Republicans that Wallace went after during an appearance he made on “America’s Newsroom” on Friday.

Facts, or Process

There, host Sandra Smith had Wallace listen to a video clip in which White House adviser Kellyanne Conway asked, “Where’s the process?”

“My feeling is that if you are having trouble with the facts, you argue process,” responded Wallace, who seems all too ready to take the Democrats’ side. “That’s what Republicans are doing right now.”

The implication, of course, is that the facts are against President Donald Trump, that they seem to indicate that Trump is guilty of a quid pro quo between himself and Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky. This being the case, Wallace argues, all Republicans can do is try to get the inquiry thrown out by arguing that the process is unfair.

Wallace’s evidence

Before viewers get the idea that Wallace has a personal ax to grind, he cited the supposedly damning evidence that the Democrats have against Trump.

“The Democrats have gotten some very damaging information from people like William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine; Fiona Hill, who used to be one of the top advisers of the National Security Council on Ukraine,” he said, “evidence that seems to tie more of a quid pro quo, that there is some evidence from these people working in the Trump administration that the president linked aid to Ukraine, a White House meeting with Ukrainian president, to getting research on the Democrats.”

Wallace then likened the impeachment inquiry to the Benghazi hearings.

“In the Benghazi investigation, there were private hearings and then there were public hearings,” he said. “That’s what’s going to happen here.”

Wallace looks forward

“I just think that in the end after we have these little must-see TV hearings with these key witnesses in public in November,” Wallace continued, “I’m not sure people are going to care a lot about what the process was in October.”

Even if Wallace is right that “damaging information” is going to be forthcoming — which is doubtful — it does not necessarily follow that people will all of a sudden forget the underhanded and at times outright deceitful way that the Democrats went about this impeachment inquiry.

Two wrongs don’t make a right: we know the Democrats’ wrong, but the jury is still out on Trump’s.

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Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut.