Chris Wallace: Whistleblower spin from Trump supporters 'deeply misleading'

Fox News's Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBill Gates: Goal of eliminating emissions by 2030 'completely unrealistic' Fox News's Chris Wallace praises Biden's discipline Klobuchar: Impeachment trial 'was about not hiding history' MORE said Friday that "the spinning that has been done by the president’s defenders” over an intelligence community whistleblower’s complaint is "astonishing" and "deeply misleading”

The perspective from the "Fox News Sunday" anchor comes as Trump supporters and critics dig in regarding allegations that President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading 2020 presidential candidate, while dangling hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid.


"The spinning that has been done by the president’s defenders over the last 24 hours since this very damaging whistleblower complaint came out, the spinning is not surprising but it is astonishing, and I think deeply misleading," said Wallace on "America's Newsroom." 

"Let’s look at what the whistleblower says. The whistleblower says that there was a troubling call in which the president asked the Ukrainian president to investigate and to look at the allegation of this doing by Vice President BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE and by his son," he continued. "We now have a rough transcript of that phone call and that’s exactly what happened. The whistleblower — and this was back in August — said that for for a very unknown and surprising reason the administration had held up aid to Ukraine. That was not widely known at the time but in fact, it turns out that it was the case.”

"I guess that’s all I’m really saying. For a lot of the efforts for a lot of people defending the president and pretending this is nothing, it isn’t nothing, it’s something," Wallace later concluded.

A person close to Wallace tells The Hill that the veteran newsman was not referring to his Fox News colleagues during his commentary.

Trump has said he did nothing wrong, and has accused Democrats of starting another "witch hunt" against him, while Democrats believe the whistleblower report is smoking-gun proof of criminal behavior and have launched an official impeachment inquiry.

Polls show the public largely split on the idea of impeaching Trump.