NBC’s Lauer Hopes Russia Investigation Will ‘Mortally Wound’ Trump Administration (NewsBusters)
During an interview with Senator John McCain on Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer could not contain his enthusiasm for the idea that the politically-charged congressional investigation into supposed ties between the Trump campaign and Russia could somehow bring down Donald Trump’s months-long presidency: “Do you think that when all of those shoes drop, that they may mortally wound this young administration?”
The exchange began with Lauer advancing the Democratic Party agenda by blasting Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes for daring to publicly reveal that the then-President-elect or his campaign associates had been caught up in “incidental” and “inappropriate” surveillance during the transition: “Can you explain any reason why Chairman Nunes would have done what he did yesterday?...instead of discussing those reports with members of his own Intelligence Committee and the ranking Democratic member, go right to the press and right to the White House?”
The reporter followed up with another hyperbolic question that used the words of the committee’s Democratic ranking member, Adam Schiff, to accuse to Nunes of undermining the entire investigation:
You heard what Adam Schiff said. He said, “The Chairman will need to decide whether he's the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct or he's going to be a surrogate to the White House, because he cannot do both.” Has Chairman Nunes so damaged the credibility of the Intelligence Committee that they should just shut down that investigation?