Tucker Carlson’s sudden departure at Fox News is still enshrouded in mystery. His precipitous exit came amidst a bruising legal battle that ended in a massive $787.5 million settlement, which was reportedly brokered to “buy peace” for the network.
In the backdrop of Carlson’s removal from his lofty perch as ratings king for the Fox News channel are reported conflicts between the prime-time host and the executives. The free-spirited Carlson repeatedly needled powerful elites and broached sensitive topics that had been shunned by other cable news hosts.
On hot topics ranging from the Covid pandemic response to 2020 election controversies to the January 6 riot to the Russia-Ukraine war and the U.S.’s involvement in it, Tucker Carlson spoke for many disaffected Americans whose voices had been relegated to the sidelines by the self-appointed ‘mainstream media.’
While the host’s explosive January 6 coverage was speculated to be a contributing factor in Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch pushing Tucker out, there has been more fuel to the fire added since the immediate fallout. The Independent reported more recently that Murdoch had actually chatted with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky before Tucker Carlson’s removal was put into motion.
Since his departure, there has been a steady, insidious, and ineffective “leak campaign,” purportedly showing Tucker Carlson as brash, insensitive, and unstable have instead managed to further humanize him.
It is amidst this shady backdrop that a loaded conversation between Tucker Carlson and former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who left the Democratic Party on Carlson’s show, has resurfaced.
In the premier episode of Tulsi Gabbard’s podcast from December 13th, Tucker Carlson and Gabbard revealed that he almost joined the CIA, as well as a disturbing tidbit that sheds light on Congressional machinations.
Tucker Carlson: “There are members of Congress who are controlled by the Intel Agencies”pic.twitter.com/N3Nytp7QF3
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“There are members of Congress who are controlled by the Intel agencies,” Carlson said. “I’m not speculating on this. You know, I lived there for 35 years. I know this. I had a very high-ranking, very high-ranking member of the House Intel Committee tell me at dinner, at a restaurant in Washington when he’d been drinking, ‘we’ve got to talk about this.’ And I said, ‘oh, I’ll text you.’ He goes, ‘I can’t text.’ And I said, ‘why is that?’ And he goes, ‘well, because NSA reads my text.’ And I said, ‘NSA reads, wait, you’re the head guy on the intelligence committee. You are their boss. You’re providing oversight in our constitution, constitutional system.’ He’s like, ‘yeah, but you know, they’re still spying at me’.”
“First thing,” he continued. “Second thing, Michael McCaul. Who is, you know, the leader of, I would say, the neocons in the House, kind of low key neocons, but, but neocons,” he went on. “I got into an argument with him once last year on the phone. He told somebody that I was a Russian agent or something. I was outraged.”
“So I called him on the phone and I, you know, I used bad language,” Tucker added. “I was really mad. And he said, ‘whoa, whoa, whoa. I just got that, you know, that’s what the Intel Briefers told me, that you were working for Russia.’ And I said, ‘that’s what the Intel Briefers told you. You believe your f***ing intel brief. Like, how old are you, son?’ You know, I’m from D.C. My dad was in this world. Like, yeah, you don’t, you’re being manipulated by your Intel briefers.”
Throughout the stunning interview, Gabbard repeatedly agrees with Tucker Carlson’s assessments. Gabbard herself was accused of being a Russian asset, due to the campaign contribution of Elena Branson, a woman believed to be a Putin agent, as well as the donations of a pro-Russian activist named Sharon Tennison for the Tulsi Aloha PAC.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard in March 2022 responded on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show to criticism for accepting the campaign donation. She insisted that she had not known who Branson was when the payment was made to her 2020 presidential campaign. Gabbard further accused Hillary Clinton of running a ‘smear campaign‘ against her. That is something that Donald Trump knows a lot about.
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