On Thursday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo clashed with Trump 2020 spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany over the merits of having special counsel Robert Mueller testify. McEnany began the segment by arguing that President Donald Trump cannot work with Democrats until the investigations end, which Cuomo brushed away immediately.
“We can work together, but it means your party legislating rather than investigating,” said McEnany, ignoring the fact that the House has passed hundreds of bills which are now blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“But you’ve always, had when presidents are investigated, they still keep working,” said Cuomo. “Bill Clinton did some of his best work right on the verge of being removed from office. He seems to want to obsess about something that he says shouldn’t matter. If you get Mueller in the chair, he can answer the fundamental question, did you leave work to be done on obstruction. Did you think there’s things to pursue? Is it worth our time or not? There’s a good chance he could answer those questions many different ways. That will give this country clarity. Do you think they deserve to hear from him right now?”
“I don’t think it’s worth our time at all,” said McEnany.
“To hear from Mueller?” said Cuomo incredulously.
“Why not?” demanded fellow guest and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
“On the charge of obstruction, I can tell you this,” McEnany began, “if Mueller and his team of registered Democrats who have a notorious history of overzealous prosecution—”
“That’s not a fair characteristic of the team,” said Cuomo. “He’s a rock-ribbed conservative. He is more Republican than you’ve been on your best day.”
“I doubt that,” sneered McEnany.
“You think you’re more of a Republican than Bob Mueller?” said Cuomo.
“Oh yes, I actually do. I certainly think I’m more of a conservative than Bob Mueller is,” said McEnany. “But his team of angry Democrats, his team of angry Democrats was going after the president on obstruction. If they found obstruction, I guarantee you they would have recommended prosecution, but they didn’t, so they gave it back to Barr who said no obstruction here. I know in the conspiracy theory laden world of Democrats, you desperately want obstruction but it doesn’t exist.”
In reality, Mueller’s team outlined ten potential points where Trump committed obstruction of justice, but were bound by DOJ policy not to indict a sitting president and so turned the matter over to Congress — a point which Cuomo immediately reminded her of.
“Listen, I’ll tell you this,” said Cuomo. “Read the first page of part two of the Mueller report, and you will see why Bob Mueller and his team did not bring down any suggestion of a criminal charge against the sitting President of the United States. It’s because they went into the investigation knowing they could not.”
Entire CNN panel beats down Santorum for Ukraine misinformation: ‘You don’t get to decide what the facts are’
Conservative CNN contributor Rick Santorum was called out on Sunday after he seemed to be uneducated about President Donald Trump's attempt to have Ukraine investigate Joe Biden and his son.
During a panel discussion on CNN, Republican contributor Mia Love said that Trump's communication with Ukraine was not "appropriate" if he was looking for campaign help.
"There is no equivalence between Joe Biden and Hunter Biden and what this president has allegedly done," Democratic consultant Karen Finney noted. "The things that were investigated against the Bidens [were] shelved, totally debunked."
Tapper smacks Mnuchin with Trump kids’ international business deals after attack on Biden son
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Mnuchin first dismissed reporting by the Washington Post and the conservative Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump was withholding Ukraine funding in an effort to get dirt on Biden and his son -- saying neither newspaper could be trusted -- he then complained to the CNN host about having to spend seven and a half minutes talking about Trump's Ukraine scandal.
Trump felt free to ask for Ukraine election interference after Mueller let him off the hook: Wired reporter Garrett Graff
On CNN's "New Day Weekend," author and commentator Garrett Graff noted that President Donald Trump's attempt to push Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden came right after former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in 2016 ended — and suggested the two were related.
"You know, Garrett, there may be some people thinking 'Gosh, we just got out of the whole scenario with the Mueller report. Now we have this again,'" said anchor Christi Paul. "Do you get a sense that there are people looking at this saying 'I think I have confidence in the 2020 election?'"