Tucker Carlson said Monday night that Tony Podesta’s lawyer is threatening his team with legal action if they don’t stop discussing his client on national television — but the Fox News host did just the opposite.
Podesta, founder of the left-leaning Podesta Group and brother to Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chair, John Podesta, resigned from his lobbying firm Monday, after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted President Donald Trump’s one-time campaign manager, Paul Manafort, charging him with conspiring against the United States, among other things.
The FBI is also investigating Podesta and the Podesta Group, which the bureau believes contravened the Foreign Agents Registration Act by failing to disclose its work with the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU), a pro-Russian organization linked to Manafort.
Carlson has been reporting on the minutiae of Podesta’s alleged wrongdoing, and the lobbyist’s attorney, Geoffrey Garinther, is apparently not happy about it:
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“Today, Tony Podesta resigned as head of his company,” Carlson explained to viewers. “His excuse? Us. That’s right, he blamed us. In his parting statement, Podesta said this, ‘It is impossible to run a public affairs firm when you are under attack by Fox News and the right-wing media.’”
The Fox News anchor was referencing the internal statement Podesta offered as an explanation for his decision to leave the lobbying group, as WBUR-FM reported.
Carlson described the letter as “an effort to use fear to control press coverage.”
“We’re not intimidated,” he said. “We’ll let the facts speak for themselves.”
Watch the segment below.