Fox News Host Brands Case for Trump's Impeachment 'Confusing and Not All That Interesting,' Slams Biden's 'Ne'er-do-well Son' Over Ukraine

Fox News host Tucker Carlson branded the Democratic case for beginning the process of impeachment "confusing and not all that interesting" during his show on Tuesday night, defending President Donald Trump's actions over the Ukraine affair.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, announced that six committees investigating Trump will now do so under the auspices of an impeachment inquiry, the first step in a process that could lead to removing the current president from office.

"You might be forgiven for not understanding why would the president be impeached for a story that the Democrats literally can't explain," Carlson said.

"What did the president do wrong? We're going to do our best to tell you the case they are making. And honestly, as we said, it's confusing and not all that interesting."

What triggered the Democratic leadership into action is a whistleblower complaint about Trump's conduct towards Ukraine amid allegations that the president threatened to withhold military aid unless the country's prosecutors opened an investigation into the Biden family.

The Trump administration has so far blocked the release to Congress of the whistleblower's complaint. The president will release one element of the complaint, which is the transcript of a telephone call between himself and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky.

But Democrats are demanding the full story and gearing up for a potential legal fight to get their hands on the all-important complaint, filed by a person who works in U.S. intelligence, which, according to various reports, is broader than just the Trump-Zelensky phonecall.

Trump denies any wrongdoing but has said he wants Ukraine to look into allegations of corruption around former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who held a lucrative role on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father was in office.

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US President Donald Trump at UN Headquarters in New York, September 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Trump is facing potential impeachment over the Ukraine affair. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Biden, along with a chorus of other senior leaders across the world, was at the time demanding the removal from office of Ukraine's most senior prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, for his failure to crack down on corruption. Shokin was removed.

Now, Trump and his allies, including his attorney Rudy Giuliani, claim that Biden misused his power to have Shokin ousted because the prosecutor was investigating the Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter sat.

Shokin had actually stalled that investigation, Radio Free Europe reported, and then VP Biden wanted it to be pursued along with multiple other corruption probes left by the wayside. The Obama administration withheld $1 billion in loan guarantees until Shokin was pushed out.

"To the layman, that looks a lot like corruption," Carlson said. "So what does it have to do with the president being impeached? Well, the accusation is that President Trump suggested that squelched investigation deserves a second look.

"Democrats say that suggestion was an impeachable offense. Are you following this? Of course, there are plenty of other reasons the U.S. might not want to send $400 million to Ukraine. It's a notoriously corrupt country for one thing. What do we get out of it, for another.

"And by the way, sending military aid to Ukraine may please the neocons on CNN—Bill Krystol is for it—but is also greatly increases the chances of conflict with Russia. And of course that would mean nuclear conflict, potentially. What's the point of that, exactly?"

Carlson listed what he called the "real problems" facing America.

"But instead of trying to fix any of that, Democrats want to spend the next year explaining—and they plan to—why it was perfectly fair for Joe Biden's ne'er-do-well son to get six hundred grand a year from Ukrainian oligarchs.

"That's totally fine, but it's somehow criminal for Donald Trump to ask about that. That's the message. Good luck with that. Hard to imagine many voters will be impressed by it."