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The backlash was swift.

Fox News and pundit Jesse Watters are receiving a flurry of criticism for suggesting over the weekend that the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are planning a “coup” to overthrow President Donald Trump.

Watters, a host of The Five, said text messages from FBI agents that were critical of Trump were “smoking gun evidence” that the investigation by Mueller, which is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties between Trump’s campaign and the country, was indicative of a “coup” in the United States.

“Is the FBI part of the resistance?’ Watters said, later adding: “So the investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign has been crooked from the jump. But the scary part is we may now have proof the investigation was weaponized to destroy his presidency for partisan political purposes and to disenfranchise millions of American voters. Now, if that’s true, we have a coup on our hands in America.”

Watters remarks echoed Trump’s instance that the Russia investigation was a “witch hunt,” and fellow Fox News pundit Sean Hannity, who said the investigation was on the verge of turning the United States into a “banana republic.”

The idea of a “coup” was reinforced by Fox News during an interview with Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway, who said “the fix” was in for the president “from the beginning” when a chyron—the lower third text you see at the bottom of a news report–read “A Coup In America?”

“The fix was in against Donald Trump from the beginning and they were pro-Hillary,” she said. “We understand people have political views. But they are expressing theirs with such animus and venom toward the new-President of the United States. They can’t possibly be seen as objective, or transparent, or even-handed, or fair.”

Watters kept Conway going, saying that it appeared the investigators were “plotting what appears to be some sort of subversion campaign against the President.”

The suggestion of a “coup” was criticized vehemently as being “irresponsible” and “dangerous.”

Watters characterization is the latest in a line of conservatives attempting to discredit the investigation into the president.

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