CNN’s Brian Stelter said Fox News is in denial about the seriousness of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos 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 KushnerKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 The Israel-Hamas ceasefire is holding — what's next? Eric Trump buys .2M home near father's golf club in Florida 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 ClintonHillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Hillary Clinton: Casting doubt on 2020 election is 'doing Putin's work' Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE's presidential campaign chairman John Podesta.