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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 CarlsonCable news October ratings explode as Fox News hits historic highs Trump aide accuses CNN's Chris Cuomo of breaking quarantine while COVID-19 positive in heated interview Tucker Carlson to interview Hunter Biden business partner and discuss 'new allegations' 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."

Flynn, President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE’s first national security adviser, was convicted of lying to FBI agents about his communications with the Russian ambassador in a case stemming from former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow. The Department of Justice earlier this month moved to drop its case against Flynn after documents emerged fueling conservative claims that agents set out to entrap the retired three-star Army general.

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 BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE, former Obama White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughThe swamp wasn't drained — it expanded Susan Rice calls for Flynn-Kislyak transcripts to be released GOP seeks to go on offense using Flynn against Biden MORE, former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen Brennan50 former intelligence officials warn NY Post story sounds like Russian disinformation Not treason, not a crime — but definitely a gross abuse of power Trump fires off dozens of tweets while recuperating at White House MORE, former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperIs America ready to return to the Obama-Biden foreign policy? Why the Nobel Prize shows the US and China need to work together on gene editing Trump suggests Gold Star families could have infected him MORE and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGOP former US attorneys back Biden, say Trump 'threat to rule of law' Biden's polling lead over Trump looks more comfortable than Clinton's Trump has list of top intelligence officials he'll fire if he wins reelection: report 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 StephanopoulosAll fracked up: Biden's Keystone State breakdown The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Pelosi: White House made 'unacceptable changes' to testing language during negotiations on coronavirus stimulus 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 GrahamLate donor surges push election spending projections to new heights Pence seeks to lift GOP in battle for Senate Wall Street backed Biden campaign with million in 2020 cycle: report 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."