Chris Wallace: White House is trying to 'undercut' Mueller investigation

Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Thursday said the Trump administration is trying to “undercut” the credibility of the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

“Obviously that’s part of what you’re seeing going on now; the White House is doing everything they can to undercut the credibility of the Mueller investigation so that if they come up with any conclusions that are hostile to the president they can say, ‘well, we told you so,’” Wallace said on “Outnumbered Overtime."

White House spokesman Raj Shah said earlier that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE has found no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia. Wallace cited that as an example of the White House trying to discredit the probe.

“At one point [Shah] talked about the corruption, the bias in the FBI, he said that the Mueller investigation has found no evidence of collusion,” Wallace said. “Of course, he doesn’t know that, none of us know that, because we don’t know what they have found.”


Wallace said that such comments are “Special Counsel 101,” and that the same behavior occurred between the Clinton White House and special counsel Ken Starr, who was investigating whether former President Clinton covered up an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

“One of the things that a White House does when they’re under fire is they do everything they can to discredit a special counsel’s investigation so if and when the special counsel decides to … bring charges against a sitting president, they try to have undercut their credibility,” he said.

He also weighed in on the GOP criticism that the anti-Trump text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are examples of political bias in the FBI. The two agents worked on Mueller's team last summer. Wallace said that he wants to “wait and see” what inspector general Michael Horowitz says about the five months of texts between the agents.

“There’s all kinds of criticism of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and their role, but when Robert Mueller found out about their bias … he fired them from his investigation,” he said. “So there’s plenty of smoke, but I think we have to wait and see.”