MSNBC Panel on Mueller Testimony: ‘Very Ineffective Defense of His Own Work’

‘A lot of Democrats in particular used the D word and branded this a disaster early on’


BASH: "Well, I think the sharpest point to come out of it was that exchange. And the other instances in which Bob Mueller made clear that the president violated the law, but that he can’t be charged because of Department of Justice policy. But I have to say, Brian, with all reference for Bob Mueller and his lifetime of career service — and I think the attacks on him were ridiculous and silly -- I have to say that far from breathing life into the report, he kind of sucked the life out of the report. I thought he was boring, I thought in some cases he was sort of evasive. He didn’t want to explain or expand on his rationale. He seemed lost at times. He was kind of flipping through the report, trying to find passages that members of Congress were reading to him. I thought it slowed things down. And I thought it was a very ineffective defense of his own work. I don’t think by the way he had to go after anybody or seem partisan or seem like he was doing anything more than that a professional prosecutor would do, which was clearly and succinctly explain the evidence, explain the law and show some passion, show some sense that the president’s conduct here was concerning. That it -- that violated some sense of what the Constitution says a president should do. So I -- I fear that this hearing set back efforts to hold the president accountable for what the president did and also hold ultimately Russia accountable for what they did."

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