CNN's Tapper: Critics of Russia Investigation Are 'Unpatriotic'

The liberal media has decided that any opposition to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is “unpatriotic.” Appearing on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show Thursday night, CNN anchor Jake Tapper claimed anyone who criticizes the investigation might as well have criticized an investigation into the attack on Pearl Harbor.

 

 

Colbert brought up Republicans like Rep. Mark Meadows and Rep. Jim Jordan, both of whom introduced articles of impeachment for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has authority over Mueller. He claimed “there's obviously a big move to undermine the Mueller investigation, and we see it all the time.” Tapper backed up his statement:

“Now, part of the investigation has to do with Donald Trump and whether or not anybody in his orbit cooperated but there was a larger investigation about what happened and how can we prevent it from happening again. A whole bunch of people in Washington were trying to prevent the investigation from going forward. Imagine how somebody tried to prevent the investigation in Pearl Harbor happened from going forward, you would say that person was not patriotic.”

Colbert asked Tapper a leading question about how history will judge people who oppose the investigation. Tapper responded, “not very well.” He moved on quickly to point out the parts of the investigation which do not necessarily affect President Trump:

“You know, it's obvious people are doing things to protect President Trump and to protect the politics of this all, but this is beyond the politics of it all. It has to do with a sovereign nation being attacked by Russia. We know this to be the case because the Trump administration says the Deputy Attorney General, F.B.I., 12 Russian military officials were indicted. The idea there is now this -- people do this and there's almost no blowback, the idea that there are people in Washington trying to undermine it, trying to stop it, they don't want the truth to come out about this, about an attack on the United States, just blows my mind every time I think about it.”

To end it all off, Colbert claimed “it’s weird.” Tapper reiterated, “It’s not just weird, it’s unpatriotic.”

Read the transcript of the July 26 segment, aired early on the morning of July 27, below:

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
CBS
7/27/2018
12:03:40 PM EST

STEPHEN: They introduce articles of impeachment tonight. Is there any rationale for them to do this? 

TAPPER: Not if you ask people like trey Gowdy or Paul Ryan or Republicans who are allies of President Trump. 

STEPHEN: Then why would they do it? What's the point. 

TAPPER: Well, some people say they're trying to force the hand of Rosenstein to turn over more documents, but if I could say a larger point, not necessarily about Meadows and Jordan and this move, but there's obviously a big move to undermine the Mueller investigation, and we see it all the time with all -- 

STEPHEN: The witch hunt. 

TAPPER: The witch hunt. 

STEPHEN: A hoax. 

TAPPER: Big hoax. 

STEPHEN: All a hoax, yeah. 

TAPPER: There's obviously a -- you know, you get wrapped up in the politics of it all, but here's the bottom line, the United States was attacked by Russia. Now, it wasn't like Pearl Harbor, it was a cyber attack. It was a disinformation campaign, but we were attacked, and there was this investigation to find out what happened. Now, part of the investigation has to do with Donald Trump and whether or not anybody in his orbit cooperated but there was a larger investigation about what happened and how can we prevent it from happening again. A whole bunch of people in Washington were trying to prevent the investigation from going forward. Imagine how somebody tried to prevent the investigation in Pearl Harbor happened from going forward, you would say that person was not patriotic. 

STEPHEN: I don't know how the Mueller investigation will turn out or how history will prove about who knew what in the Trump administration or anywhere in the United States or who collaborated, but how do you think history is going to judge the people who didn't want to find out? 

TAPPER: Not very well. You know, it's obvious people are doing things to protect President Trump and to protect the politics of this all, but this is beyond the politics of it all. It has to do with a sovereign nation being attacked by Russia. We know this to be the case because the Trump administration says the Deputy Attorney General, F.B.I., 12 Russian military officials were indicted. The idea there is now this -- people do this and there's almost no blowback, the idea that there are people in Washington trying to undermine it, trying to stop it, they don't want the truth to come out about this, about an attack on the United States, just blows my mind every time I think about it because we all get wrapped up and they're doing this, trying this, this group says this and filed this, at the end of the day, the American people were attacked, and th -- and that can happen again, and the idea there are members of congress and others trying to stop an investigation from going forward so we can make sure it doesn't happen again. 

STEPHEN: It's weird. 

TAPPER: It's not just weird, it's unpatriotic. ( Cheers and applause ) 

STEPHEN: Which is weird. 

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