Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is a devastating document for President Donald Trump and his administration, showing grossly objectionable behavior by top aides regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election and an aggressive effort by Trump himself to thwart the investigation.
But in the view of Ronald Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, Mueller didn’t go nearly far enough, as he explained Thursday on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House.”
“I want to disagree with the idea the Bob Mueller did a great job,” he said. “I think he wimped out here a bit.”
Klain explained: “I think that the case against Don Jr. on campaign finance violations that’s in the Mueller report, I think the analysis of why that’s indicted wouldn’t be a passing grade in a first-year election law class. I think the analysis there is incredibly weak. I think the idea that Don Jr. wasn’t indicted for coordinating with WikiLeaks, for conspiring with WikiLeaks, really slides past the collusion — if you want to call it that — the conspiracy that I think this document proves out. I think there was plenty of indictable conduct with regard to both the coordination between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks and with regard to the campaign finance violation by the Trump Tower meeting that Mueller did not press charges on, and I think that’s disappointing.”
Watch the clip below:
"I want to disagree with the idea that Bob Mueller did a great job. I think he wimped out here a bit… I think there was plenty of indictable conduct… that Mueller did not press charges on, and I think that's disappointing." – @RonaldKlain w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/PRxCwy7tZf
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) April 18, 2019
GOP will be ‘aided and abetted’ by Russian bots and trolls defending Trump: Former FBI counter-intel chief
The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Americans to "hunker down" because Russian intelligence will be repeating Republican talking points.
Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed Thursday by MSNBC's Brian Williams on "The Last Word."
"Frank, Fiona Hill -- who richly deserves it -- has been awarded front page status tomorrow morning on the front page of The New York Times, and I imagine newspapers and websites across this country," Williams noted.
"It was extraordinary today when she -- in effect, begged -- asked, certainly, members of the committee to stop supplying Russian talking points, to stop advancing Russian propaganda in the Congress of the United States," he continued.
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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.
"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.
Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.
The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."
"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.