CNN’s Brian Stelter said Fox News is in denial about the seriousness of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation into Russian ties with the Trump administration. 

“The more Mueller discovers, the more Trump's TV boosters have to deny, deny, deny,” Stelter said Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources." “The worse things things look for Trump’s inner circle, the worse the deflections get.” 

Stelter said that while a new CNN poll found that 61 percent of Americans believe the Russia investigation is a serious issue, if you’re watching Fox News then “you’re hearing the opposite.” 


Stelter showed a clip from Fox News in which Tucker Carlson slams the intense news coverage of the investigation, which has lasted more than a year. 

“Almost no information has come out to justify the opposition. None has come out to justify collusion and most Americans are no longer interested, if they ever were,” Carlson said. 

So far, Mueller has indicted 19 people and three companies in connection with his investigation. 

The CNN poll also found that 72 percent of Americans are very or somewhat concerned about foreign interference in U.S. elections, and 70 percent of Americans are concerned about Russian-backed disinformation campaigns. 

In another clip, Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld slammed “election losers” for blocking the news cycle from moving on. 

“This is their Benghazi, this is their thing,” Gutfeld said. “It’s paper-thin but they’re clutching on it hard.” 

Stelter fired back by saying Gutfeld wasn’t looking at the paper that is “piling up,” showcasing the number of subpoenas and indictments that have been brought forth by Mueller. 

He also showed a clip of Sean Hannity saying the “witch hunt” was only supposed to focus on Trump-Russia collusion. 

“Someone please show Sean the original letter from the attorney general’s office appointing Mueller as special counsel,” Stelter responded. “It doesn’t say the word collusion but it says Mueller is charged with investigating any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign or President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE and — this is key — any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.” 

In the last few days, several news stories have come out regarding what Mueller is digging at. 

Mueller is reportedly investigating whether Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerBlagojevich heaps praise on Trump after release from prison The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Trump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment MORE impacted the administration’s policies based on business deals with his family’s real estate company. 

The special counsel office is also reportedly preparing charges against Russians who hacked and leaked information from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton asked if she'd be Bloomberg's vice president: 'Oh no' Trump launches three-day campaign rally blitz Free Roger Stone MORE's presidential campaign chairman John Podesta.