Tucker Carlson calls Mueller ‘a threat to our democracy’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson called special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE “a threat to our democracy” while weighing in on the arrest of Roger StoneRoger Jason Stone3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Judge rejects Stone's request to dismiss charges Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia over election interference MORE during his television program on Monday night.

He questioned why the special counsel should be “the single most powerful person in America and yet nobody voted for him.” 

“Nobody in Washington catches the irony in any of this,” he continued. “Mueller himself is a threat to our democracy, the most powerful man elected by nobody.” 

“Nobody controls Robert Mueller,” Carlson also said. “Mueller can send armed men to your home to roust you from bed at gunpoint just because he feels like it, and there’s nothing you or anyone else can do about it.”

Mueller, whose wide-ranging probe centers around Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, filed legal charges last week against Stone, a longtime informal adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE. Subsequently, the FBI raided Stone's home and arrested him.

Mueller had asked the court to keep charges against Stone secret until his arrest, saying there was a "risk of the defendant fleeing and destroying (or tampering with) evidence," according to CNN.

"Longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone was arrested on Friday by federal agents and charged with seven felonies,” Carson said on his program. “None of the charges had anything to do with Russian collusion or election meddling, but you'd never know that from the penalties he faces.”

“If convicted, Stone could die in prison. Nobody in Washington seems to find that punishment excessive,” he continued. “Many have cheered it.”

“Officially Stone was charged with lying, something most of our political elite engage in every day. But his real crime was flamboyance. Stone has spent the last 40 years giving the finger to the people in charge. In the end, they got him,” he continued.

Stone was indicted on seven counts, including obstruction of justice in connection with Mueller's probe into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election interference. He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Carlson called Stone’s arrest “shocking” and characterized it as over-the-top.

Stone has also compared his arrest to that of "bin Laden or El Chapo or Pablo Escobar," according to The Washington Post. Former law enforcement agents have disputed the characterization, calling the arrest textbook.

Carlson's comments come a day after former federal prosecutor Joseph Moreno characterized the arrest of Stone by roughly a dozen armed agents as an "aggressive, but consistent" move made by Mueller.

"It's aggressive, but it's consistent with how Robert Mueller oftentimes operates," Moreno told Hill.TV on Monday.

"It falls on the very aggressive side. It seems like it was unnecessary, but it was consistent with how he's treated other people," Moreno said. "It's defensible if you want to look at it from a consistency perspective." 

"The fact that he is charged with witness tampering, he is charged with destruction of evidence," Moreno added. "I think the argument is that they made that knock and announce pre-dawn raid on his house in Florida because they were afraid that he'd destroy evidence."