Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed that Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration was spying on his show in an attempt to remove Carlson from the right-wing television network.
“Yesterday we heard from a whistleblower in the US government warning us that the NSA, the National Security Agency, is monitoring our electronic communications and considering disclosing them in an attempt to shut down the show,” Carlson said. said in the Monday night episode of his Fox News show.
Carlson said the whistleblower eased his skepticism by telling Carlson staff a story they were working on.
“[That information] could only come directly from my texts and emails. There’s no other possible source for this information, period, ”Carlson said.
“The NSA captured this information without our knowledge and did it for political reasons,” he concluded. “The Biden administration is spying on us. We have confirmed it.”
News week contacted the White House and the NSA for comment.
Carlson once claimed to have evidence of big government scandals that don’t always unfold.
In October 2020, he claimed he had a collection of unpublished confidential documents relating to the family of then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Carlson called the documents “real, genuine and damning.” He later said the documents got lost in the mail.
Carlson’s initial claim about the existence of the documents raised eyebrows as, at the time, Biden’s son Hunter Biden was accused of shady business relationships. Specifically, Hunter Biden has been accused of using his father’s past role as Vice President of Democratic President Barack Obama to help him secure trade deals in China and Ukraine. The Bidens have denied wrongdoing. So far, investigations have revealed no criminal or ethical violations.
Carlson said his New York producer received and shipped the documents to Carlson staff using a “major national carrier.” Although Carlson did not disclose the name of the carrier, he said it was the one Americans frequently use.
“But the Biden documents never got to Los Angeles,” Carlson later said. He said that a day after the documents were dispatched, the shipping company informed him that his package was found open with “the contents missing”.
Even though the company launched an investigation involving every employee and vehicle that came into contact with the package, Carlson said, the investigation came to nothing.
“As of tonight, the company has no idea and no working theory on what happened to this mine of materials, documents that are directly related to the presidential campaign just six days away,” Carlson continued.
Many viewers expressed disbelief at Carlson’s theft allegations. Democratic Representative Ted Lieu from California joked on Twitter, “I stole Tucker Carlson’s treasure trove of documents. Awww, just kidding.”
“Of course, a large news network wouldn’t have scanned these documents first, right? Or made a copy of them? No,” Lieu continued. “They sent their only copy in the mail. If you believe it, then I have a bridge to sell to you.