During a Dec. 10 interview, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the Democrats' impeachment "show trial" is "collapsing" and, as a result, the liberal media are "panicking" because they have invested their time and credibility in leading the charge for impeachment. The panic, he added is "like rats fleeing a sinking ship."
Cruz also said that the Inspector General (IG) report on the FBI's investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign (and his 2017 administration) reveals that certain top FBI officials were "hardcore political partisans that hated Donald Trump" and who abused their legal power to "spy on a political opponent."
On FNC's Hannity, the host Sean Hannity said to Senator Cruz, "We got a dirty dossier paid for by Hillary Clinton. Everyone seems to care about Russian interference but not that. Now you read this [IG] report today and you hear the comments of both [Attorney] Durham and [Attorney General] Barr. Your reaction?"
Cruz replied, "Well, today is both chilling and encouraging. It is chilling reading the Inspector General report. It is stunning, the abuse of power that we saw in the Obama administration and, sadly, it continued over in the Deep State for the first couple of years of the Trump administration."
"You saw the abuse of power at the FBI, the abuse of power at the Department of Justice," he said. "And I've got to say, as an alumnus of the Department of Justice, I am angry. I think there are a lot of good men and women who serve at the Department of Justice and the FBI who are angry reading this report."
"The very best interpretation of the Horowitz inspector general report is that the FBI and Department of Justice were manifestly incompetent," said Cruz. "The I.G. report outlines 17 factual misstatements that they made to the FISA Court and that they were utterly negligent in ordering the surveillance, the spying of a presidential nominee and of a sitting president."
"That's the most favorable interpretation," he added. "The real interpretation is these were hardcore political partisans that hated Donald Trump and they were willing and complicit to abuse the power of law enforcement and intelligence and spy on a political opponent. I think that's chilling."
Hannity then interjected, "Well, denying civil liberties and constitutional rights, something we both care deeply about, every American should care deeply about. Where do you see this now headed?"
Cruz answered, "That's the second piece in why it is encouraging. I think this IG report is the first step and the wrongdoer is being held accountable. I was very encouraged both by Attorney General Barr's statement and U.S. Attorney Durham's statement that more accountability will come. And I hope that those who abused power will be held to account."
"But I'll tell you why I'm also encouraged because the entire Democratic show trial at the House is collapsing," he said. "We are seeing the media panicking."
Cruz continued, "You know, you talked about [NBC's] Chuck Todd yesterday. The media is on full-on panic because what they hoped that this impeachment trial would prove hasn't been proven. And it's like rats fleeing a sinking ship."
"The House, I assume, is going to have a partisan vote next week to impeach but it's going to the Senate and it's not going anywhere in the Senate," he said.
"We are going to throw it out and reject it because it is based on no facts and no evidence," concluded the senator.