Tucker Carlson: Flynn case was domestic spying operation 'hidden under the pretext of national security'

Tucker Carlson: Flynn case was domestic spying operation 'hidden under the pretext of national security'
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Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonTammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream DeVos 'very seriously' considering withholding funding from schools that don't reopen Biden dismisses 'disgusting, sickening' criticism of Duckworth's patriotism MORE is calling the unmasking of Michael Flynn a "domestic spying operation" that was "hidden under the pretext of national security," with the Fox News host asking viewers to imagine a similar scenario involving an outgoing Trump administration and a high-ranking member of an incoming Democratic administration.

"This was a domestic spying operation. That's what it was. It was hidden under the pretext of national security. Once you see the details, that's very clear," Carlson said late Wednesday. "Plenty of the 39 people who saw Flynn's name and 'unmasked' him had no reason to know his name. They were not national security officials. They were political hacks. And that's not an exaggeration."

Carlson proceeded to ask what the reaction would be if the Trump administration conducted itself in similar fashion.

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"That might be a legitimate reason to impeach him," Carlson said. "We would not defend that on this show. That's for sure. It would be indefensible. And so is this."

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Carlson's perspective comes after acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell sent top Republican senators a list of dozens of former Obama administration officials who reportedly requested documents that led to Flynn being "unmasked" from intelligence reports between the 2016 presidential election and Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.

A copy of the list, later obtained by The Hill, includes presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Tammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream Mexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump MORE, former Obama White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughSusan Rice calls for Flynn-Kislyak transcripts to be released GOP seeks to go on offense using Flynn against Biden Tucker Carlson: Flynn case was domestic spying operation 'hidden under the pretext of national security' MORE, former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanGraham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over GOP votes to give chairman authority to subpoena Obama officials Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony MORE, former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperTrump's actions on China speak louder than Bolton's words GOP votes to give Graham broad subpoena power in Obama-era probe Graham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over MORE and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHow conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed The Seila Law case: Liberty and political firing MORE.

“Biden asked to uncover Mike Flynn’s name on January 12th, [2017]. That was just a week, eight days before Donald Trump took office,” Carlson noted Wednesday evening. “What official justification could Biden possibly have had for doing that? He must have given some reason. He had to.”

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Biden initially told ABC's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosPelosi: Nationwide mask mandate 'definitely long overdue' ABC News to air Bolton interview shortly before White House memoir release GOP senator says it's time to stop naming military bases after Confederate generals MORE in an interview that aired earlier Wednesday that he knew nothing of the Flynn investigation before conceding he was aware after being pressed.

"I know nothing about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn,” Biden first said before the "Good Morning America" anchor asked if he attended an Oval Office meeting during which Flynn reportedly was discussed.

“No, I thought you asked me whether or not I had anything to do with him being prosecuted,” the former vice president stated. “I’m sorry.”

“I was aware that there was — that they asked for an investigation, but that’s all I know about it, and I don’t think anything else."

Carlson concluded his monologue by calling for Obama administration officials involved in the Flynn case to be punished.

"These amoral creeps destroyed Michael Flynn's life and reputation and family," the host later concluded. "They should be punished for that."

Trump on Thursday called on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate MORE (R-S.C.) to "stop playing Mr. Nice Guy" and call on former President Obama to testify.

“If I were a Senator or Congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama,” Trump tweeted. “He knew EVERYTHING.”

"Do it @LindseyGrahamSC, just do it," the president continued. "No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!"

Graham responded by saying while he understood the president's frustration, he doesn't "think now's the time for me to do that."