Fox News' Shepard Smith registered his astonishment Wednesday with how some people are defending what appears to be meddling by the Russians in the U.S. elections.
"The [New York] Times reports that the president's son was told the paper is going to print these things," he explained on his show, "we're going to print the emails. And he tweeted copies of the emails instead of replying to requests for content."
"This was not being transparent," Smith claimed, "this was the New York Times is gonna publish this, I'm gonna publish it instead."
"Then there's the president's claim that the Russia investigation is a 'witch hunt.' Fox News can confirm it is not," he said. "Current and former U.S. officials say there is absolutely no doubt that Russia interfered in our election, put its thumbs on the scales of Democracy."
"And that Vladimir Putin ordered the thumbs!" he exclaimed. "And all the meddling, lots if different kinds of meddling!"
"Attempting to change our Democracy from Moscow!" he continued. "And some people seem to think it's OK."
"It's astounding!" he concluded.
Smith was referring to the recent reports from the New York Times detailing a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner with a Russian lawyer just after then-candidate Trump won the Republican nomination. Trump Jr. revealed emails that showed he was receptive to receiving damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.
Shep Smith: "it's astounding" that anyone is trying to argue Russian meddling in American elections isn't a massive deal pic.twitter.com/Cu5ofjEEYZ
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