Nigel Farage Thursday evening scoffed at the Guardian’s “exclusive report” alleging that he is a “person of interest” in the FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, calling it “fake news.”
Unnamed sources in the United States have told the Guardian that the former Ukip leader is being investigated because of his relationships with individuals connected to both the Trump campaign and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Farage appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson to respond to the allegations.
“What they’ve done is they’ve tried to join the dots together,” he explained. “I was involved with Brexit, I was involved with the Trump campaign, I was involved with upsetting their little world in 2016, therefore I must be associated in some way with the Russians. It’s total and utter hysterical nonsense.”
The troubled Carlson pointed out that the Guardian’s sources were people in the United States government who were trying to hurt Farage “in a significant way.”
“Does that bother you?” he asked.
“I just don’t believe it!” Farage exclaimed. “I’d be very surprised if I were a person of interest, and I’ll tell you why. I’ve never been to Russia. I’ve never done business with Russia. I have literally no political connection with Russia whatsoever. The whole thing is a fantasy from people who cannot accept that they lost badly last year.”
Tucker asked Farage if he had ever “passed microfilm in a public park to a Russian agent” or if he has any connection “to secret agents in Macedonia who changed vote totals here.”
Farage answered, “I only wish I had because life would be so much more exciting, but I’m afraid — not guilty on both questions.”
He told Carlson that there had been attempts to smear him in the British media following Brexit, but this story was far bigger than anything he’d seen, yet.
“What do you do when the Guardian newspaper publishes a story like this?” Farage asked. “How on earth can you disprove them? How on earth can you make them reveal their sources?”
Asked how he responded to the story, Farage said he did “apologize to the British media for taking a long time to answer it. I was so busy laughing when I read the article!”
He added, “It is frankly utter nonsense!”