Feds’ Michael Cohen Investigation Tactics ‘Orwellian’ — ‘A Grotesque Violation of Civil Liberties’

May 4, 2018

Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson warned the federal government’s investigation of Trump confidante Michael Cohen had broad implications regarding civil liberties.

The Fox News Channel host described the unknown terms of a raid and surveillance as “Orwellian” and argued his affiliation with President Donald Trump alone was not sufficient enough to justify the norms the FBI had violated in this investigation.

Transcript as follows:

It’s been an amazing 24 hours even by the action-packed standards of 2018. There has been lots of drama in Washington. Last night as doubtless know, former New York City Rudy Giuliani revealed on Sean Hannity’s show that President Trump did, in fact, reimburse his lawyer Michael Cohen for payments Cohen made to porn star Stormy Daniels. That seemed like a major story at the time.

But within hours it wasn’t even the biggest story of the day. NBC News reported that federal law enforcement had wiretapped Michael Cohen’s phone, and apparently recorded at least one conversation he had with the White House, presumably with the president of the United States. But then that story changed. NBC’s new account claims the FBI simply recorded the numbers that Cohen dialed and not the content of the calls he made. And that is where we are as of right now, 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

One thing we know for sure is that NBC screwed up, and there’s no surprise there, obviously. But that’s pretty much all we can be certain of. If NBC’s first story was wrong, why do we assume the second is right?

We really don’t know what the truth is, and we have no way of knowing. In the absence of honesty from our government, we are totally dependent upon leaks for our news, and many of those are dishonest. Michael Cohen by the way still doesn’t know why his office was raided and his phones and email were…

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