The Washington Post's Karoun Demirjian said on Thursday that President Donald Trump's attempts to stonewall Congress on the release of the Mueller report will ultimately fail due to precedents he himself set by insisting on the release of James Comey's report on Hillary Clinton.
"I think it's interesting that people are raising the whole thing about derogatory information," said CNN reporter Shimon Prokupecz. "To me that's the whole thing that got Comey in trouble in all of this, when he went out ahead and put out derogatory information about Hillary Clinton and her involvement obviously in the server issue."
"So now we have people on the Mueller team who are saying,' well, we want more derogatory information out there about the president and on the obstruction issue,'" he continued. "William Barr, the attorney general, has been resistant, that this is something he does not want to do, not something that the Department of Justice and also the deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, they don't want a replay of the James Comey episode."
"But this is the precedent problem," interjected Demirjian. "The political tables have flipped. If they don't do the same thing again, we're not going to be very satisfied because they set the expectation that this is what you get to learn."
"And they set the expectation because the president leaned on his own Justice Department to give them the working papers of the Hillary Clinton email investigation," added host John King. "It's hard to say now that you have a new attorney general, 'oh, no, no, no.' We're at the early stages, but these leaks don't happen by accident."
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