Tucker Carlson Rebukes Congressional Lawmakers For Lying About FISA

The founder of Tucker Carlson Network, Tucker Carlson, recently issued a scathing rebuke of lawmakers in Congress, saying they are lying to Americans about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

In a transcript provided by The Daily Signal, Carlson pointed out that federal intelligence agencies, alongside the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have secretly worked to spy on former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Trump has, for years, spoken out against FISA and recently called on lawmakers to tank a bill reauthorizing the measure. The former president has been labeled a “conspiracy theorist,” among other things, for his concerns.

“Trump had whispered about this, then shouted about it, was roundly denounced as a conspiracy nut, a lunatic. But in the end, he was vindicated. It was true,” Carlson said.

“These agencies spied on Trump, and they leaked some of what they learned to the media, which used it against Trump,” Carlson added. “Then these agencies concocted false stories about Trump. They tried to rush Trump completely in 2016 and then for the entire course of his presidency. Then they did the same thing in 2020 during the presidential election.”

Carlson pointed out that federal authorities are trying to prosecute the former president “for life.”

The conservative commentator argued that the federal government is trying to “rig” the forthcoming presidential election in Democrats’ favor. He added that allowing FISA to surveil Americans without obtaining a warrant signal that the U.S. is not a “democracy,” as some lawmakers refer the country’s political system to be.

Carlson then called on the GOP to push back against the left’s totalitarian efforts.

“They should be working to return freedom and democracy to the country,” he said. “They should defend the Constitution. They should reign in these agencies, Washington secret police.”

The conservative firebrand pointed out that instead of fighting for the truth and Americans’ freedoms, the Republican Party has done the opposite.

In the mid-1970s, then-Sen Ted Kennedy (D-MA) proposed the FISA Act, which allows the federal government to spy on citizens without a warrant or foreigners outside of the U.S.

Carlson expressed his disappointment at House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) for working to reauthorize FISA, allowing the federal government to continue spying on Americans “and punish people who disagree with them.”