Conspiracy theories about President Donald Trump and the FBI abound, but one Fox News contributor took them to the next level when he suggested, on air, that the FBI may have had a plot to assassinate Trump should he win the election (video below).
Kevin Jackson, author, radio host and Fox News contributor, made the claim during the Dec. 19 episode of "Outnumbered," Fox News' afternoon program. The show's panel, consisting of Jackson and other Fox News regulars, was discussing anti-Trump text messages sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok, a former member of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team.
The text messages, sent to an FBI lawyer with whom Strzok was allegedly having an affair, called Trump an "idiot" and generally railed against Republicans, according to the Washington Examiner. Strzok was removed from the special counsel's investigation after Mueller learned of the text messages.
One text message reportedly mentioned an "insurance policy" against Trump's victory, according to The Washington Post. It was this line that Jackson seized upon during the panel discussion.
"Well, I think they're going to say, is it -- what was his intent, right?" Jackson said, referring to Strzok. "Because that's exactly what FBI director, former FBI director Comey said when he was letting Hillary Clinton off the hook. And his intent, regardless of whether it was an assassination attempt or whatever, it was definitely something."
"Whoa, whoa whoa," replied "Outnumbered" host Harris Faulkner, trying to stop Jackson from continuing his insinuations.
"Well, I'm just saying, we don't know what it was," Jackson continued. "When you say, 'we've got to make sure that his guy doesn't get in at all cost,' what does that mean? So I'm saying there's a spectrum of what does it mean, but one thing that we know for sure, is that he was plotting in an election against a candidate, and there's FBI fingerprints all over this."
Faulkner, perhaps realizing the headlines Jackson's statement would draw, jumped in to do some damage control.
"Because I know how things get clipped on social media, I just want to make sure that we press on the fact that no one has floated any sort of an idea that it was -"
"Oh, it's been floated," interjected a persistent Jackson. "When I talk about this, I'm talking about social media stuff and, you know, that's out there, I'm not talking about media sources."
"Nothing credible," suggested another guest.
"Well, I mean, yeah," admitted Jackson.