Mollie Hemingway: ‘Rarely the Case’ When James Clapper Tells the Truth

May 23rd, 2018 6:55 PM

While a guest during Wednesday morning's Fox & Friends, The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway slammed former Director of National Intelligence Director James Clapper by stating that it’s “rarely the case” when the former director of national intelligence under Democratic President Barack Obama tells the truth.

Hemingway made the comment when asked about Clapper’s appearance on The View a day earlier, where he said that President Donald Trump “should be happy” that the FBI was spying on his 2016 presidential campaign.



Co-host Steve Doocy began the morning segment by playing a clip of CNN commentator Carl Bernstein claiming: “What the President did today is really to abuse his authority, as he has been doing to intervene in a legitimate investigation.”

Another video showed Clinton-era Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman asserting that the Justice Department “is under a shelling from the White House. It’s like London 1941 there.”

Doocy then responded by stating that “the media is in full-blown panic mode” before reading a Twitter post from Trump: “SPYGATE could be one of the biggest scandals in history!”

“He’s right,” the Fox & Friends co-host said before asking Hemingway: “Where’s the coverage?”

Hemingway responded: “We’re two years into a probe of supposedly treasonous collusion with Russia. We have no evidence to support that.”

However, she added: “We have learned, in that same period of time -- through the dogged work of a few investigators and a few journalists -- that there are all sorts of problems with how the DOJ handled that probe.”

Hemingway also stated:

This is a huge scandal, but because it goes against that narrative that the media put in place and really pumped for many years, I think there’s a reticence to investigate because it will make the media look bad, as well as making some people in the Department of Justice look bad.

Their opposition is not surprising, that they don’t want sunlight on what happened, they don’t want transparency here.

“But you know,” Doocy noted, “you’ve heard people on talk radio and read things online where, to some people, it looks like the fact that they’re not covering it is because they’re trying to cover for the Obama administration.”

“We don’t know all the details,” Hemingway replied, “but it does seem that the Obama administration behaved in a really reckless fashion.”

“Spying on an opposing party’s political campaign is something that shouldn’t be done without really good cause,” she continued, “and we’re not seeing any evidence that there was good cause or anything approaching it, and the manner in which it was going about.”

The senior editor also stated: “Obviously, the American people need to understand what happened, why it happened and make sure that it never happens again.”

“We should not criminalize political differences,” she added, “and that’s a very important thing in order to have a Justice Department-law enforcement-intelligence apparatus that people can take seriously and trust.”

Concerning Clapper, Hemingway ripped him: “If it’s true -- if what James Clapper is saying is true, which is rarely the case, but if it were true that they were really just spying on Russia and they were doing it through the Trump campaign, that’s obviously problematic enough.”

“But then there should be nothing to be fearing about a really good investigation of what happened,” she continued.

“They say they did nothing wrong?” the guest then asked. “Well then, let us see, let us determine, let people who are independent make that determination that these intelligence chiefs have made.”

Hemingway and her commentary would not be welcome on CNN or MSNBC. Instead, they prefer comparing conservatives to Nazis. Is it any wonder why their viewership keeps getting smaller?