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 June 24, 2023

Bret Baier denies allegations that he worked with the Department of Justice before interview with Donald Trump

Fox News host Bret Baier denied shocking allegations that he communicated with the Department of Justice prior to his interview with former President Donald Trump.

The interview with Trump was eyebrow raising for many and Baier was quickly accused of cross examining Trump. It's rumored that Special counsel Jack Smith is likely to use Trump's comments from the interview in court.

Baier took to Twitter on Wednesday to refute claims he worked with the DOJ saying, "I’ll answer that. No. I wrote my own questions. And frankly I didn’t know that I would get much on the indictment questions assuming he might say he couldn’t talk about it. Thanks for watching."

Some worry that the way in which Baier framed the questions strengthens the case accusing Trump of obstructing justice. Considering the hostile relationship between Trump and Fox, these accusations may have some weight.

Carrying water for the DOJ

Baier essentially did Jack Smith a big favor by precisely cross examining Trump, which is why so many are accusing Baier of working with the Biden administration.

Among the questions Baier asked was one inquiring on why Trump didn't immediately turn over subpoenaed documents.

Trump answered the question saying, "I wanted to go through the boxes and get all my personal things out. I don’t want to hand that over. And I was very busy, as you’ve sort of seen."

Trump has definitely been extremely busy with his reelection campaign. He is leading the Republican field and is the favorite to win the nomination and go a second round with President Joe Biden next year.

Baier also probed Trump's views on the 2020 presidential election and the exchange was extremely adversarial.

Ever since Fox News lost a defamation case to Dominion Voting Systems, Fox has been extremely vigilant about enforcing the popular narrative and shutting down an skepticism about the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump in dangerous territory

Whether Baier is in communication with the Department of Justice or not, one thing is for sure, Donald Trump is in dangerous territory and needs to move carefully.

The criminal case against him is extensive and he has the entire justice apparatus working against him. Trump has no reason to expect Fox News to be a friend to him and that raises questions about about why he conducted the interview in the first place.

Trump doesn't need to argue his case with Americans, most people have made up their minds one way or another.

What Trump needs is to win in court and anything that jeopardizes that victory needs to be avoided.

Written By:
Robert Hoel

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