Fox News host Bret Baier shared Tuesday that there weren't "any Republicans willing to go on camera" in the wake of a New York Times story that reported President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE had asked former FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
According to the Times report, Comey wrote in a memo that Trump said, "I hope you can let this go,” and “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
The bombshell resulted in a guest booking challenge for Fox on the Republican side of the aisle.
“We’ve tried tonight to get Republicans to come out and talk to us, and there are not Republicans willing to go on camera tonight as of yet, and we'll see if that changes," said Baier, host of "Special Report."
Regular panelist Charles Krauthammer found it "stunning" that Republicans wouldn't defend the president.
"What I think is really stunning is that nobody, not even from the White House, has come out under their own name in defense of the president here," Krauthammer said.
“We don’t see any Republicans on camera,” he continued. “And that is totally understandable. They’ve just watched over the last 10 days, people who went out on a limb on the Comey firing, and said it was the result of the memo from the deputy attorney general, and had their limb sawed off by Donald Trump himself without a flinch."
“So who is going to step out now and defend the president in these denials?” Krauthammer asked.
The panel portion of "Special Report" usually runs during the final 25 minutes of the program but was featured for the full hour to discuss the breaking news around the Comey memo.