Fox News host Tucker Carlson got into a fiery debate with New York Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney Friday night over allegations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have perjured himself during his Senate confirmation process over questions about meeting with Russian officials.
In a recent statement, Maloney said:
Jeff Sessions’ opposition to equal rights already made him unfit to serve, but he lied under oath – he has got to go. We also need to look at the bigger picture here and figure out why he perjured himself and if there is more to this story. We need a no-kidding independent investigation into Russian hacking and influence. What are they hiding?
Maloney continued those calls during his contentious interview with Carlson on Friday, saying he believes there's "more than enough" evidence of wrongdoing to spur a deeper investigation into Sessions.
Carlson, noting that Maloney has called Sessions a "bigot" and "criminal" pushed back, noting that Sessions' meeting with the Russian ambassador was actually scheduled by the Obama administration last summer. But Maloney was relentless.
"I think it's ominous that we now have multiple Trump officials in communication with the Russians about Ukraine," he contended.
Carlson noted that two retired, high ranking U.S. military officers were also in attendance at the meeting in question, saying that they would have spoken out if anything "nefarious" had taken place.
Still, Maloney called for an "independent" and "fair" investigation into Sessions' meeting, even saying that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara — who is known for investigating and prosecuting powerful Democratic politicians — to lead such an investigation.
"What's so infuriating, if I can be honest with you, is you're being disingenuous," Carlson told Maloney, noting once again that politicians on both sides of the aisle have routinely met with Russian officials, including Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
"I'm just asking you as an adult American...what are you alleging?" Carlson pressed.
"There's a lot of smoke here," Maloney went on to allege, noting Michael Flynn's recent resignation as national security adviser over allegations similar to those of Sessions'.
"You're being purely disingenuous," Carlson told Maloney again.
The Democratic congressman then tried to turn the tables on Carlson, questioning why he would "oppose" an investigation into Sessions.
"I'll tell you why: Because I live in Washington, and I know there is a long series of governments who attempt — and some successfully — to influence American policy and Russia is not on the top 10 of that list," Carlson said. "So I don't believe that your concern in sincere. I believe this is a purely partisan effort to take out certain members of the administration — and you know perfectly well that it is."
"So it's a little frustrating to sit here and look at you hiding behind the pretense of objectivity," the Fox News host added, challenging Maloney to name only one way the Russians influenced last year's presidential election.
To no surprise, Maloney couldn't.
Watch the full interview below: