CNN political analyst Errol Louis said on Monday that President Donald Trump is terrified by the spectacle of special counsel Robert Mueller testifying before Congress.
While discussing Trump's sudden insistence that Mueller should not be allowed to testify, Louis said that Trump understands that hearing Mueller testify about his work live before Congress would have a far greater impact than the release of a 448-page report that has not been read by the vast majority of voters.
"What the president fears here is what I remember most vividly as a child, which is watching those Watergate hearings," he said. "It galvanized the country. It moved the polls from a majority saying Watergate is about nothing to a majority saying Watergate is really, really serious."
Louis then explained that such hearings would be particularly nerve wracking for Trump because he would have no way to control what Mueller says.
"The president doesn't want a reality show that's out of his control to go unscripted on national television involving the characters that have been perusing him for so long," he said.
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