Ralph Peters
Ralph Peters

Former Fox News military analyst Ralph Peters ripped several of the network’s on-air personalities for “assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law” and consequently doing “a great grave disservice to our country."

Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, the retired lieutenant colonel said special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference should continue, and that president Trump is running scared as regards his relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Peters' view of the Mueller probe contrasts with Fox’s most prominent host, Sean Hannity.

When Cooper asked Peters if Fox hosts actually believe what they are saying on air, Peters said, “I suspect Sean Hannity really believes it.”

He added, “The others are smarter.”

Hannity’s rhetoric is growing more extreme. He told viewers that witnesses in the Mueller probe should respond to demands that they turn over phones and all encrypted apps, along with the messages and emails within them by deleting all their emails, acid-washing the hard drives on the phones and then bashing them with a hammer “to little itsy bitsy pieces."

While Peters has become a stern critic of Fox and Trump, he was as strong a detractor of president Obama.

His labeling of Obama as “a total pussy” with respect to his dealing with Putin led to his being briefly suspended by Fox in 2015.

Peters resigned from Fox in March.

In an email sent to his Fox colleagues at that point, he wrote: “Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”