ABC's Jonathan Karl: Mueller Report 'Almost Certain to Be Anti-Climactic'

January 14th, 2019 12:07 PM

Are we due for the greatest political disappointment of our era? Well, according to ABC News chief White House correspondent, Jonathan Karl, that just might be what will happen. Despite joyous liberal anticipation of a bombshell report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Karl revealed that his sources close to the investigation have reported to him that the report is "almost certain to be anti-climactic."

Karl delivered his sad news for liberals on Sunday's This Week With George Stephanopoulos:



KARL: The story in The New York Times was an extraordinary reflection of the level of distrust between the FBI leadership and the President. And how suspicious the President’s behavior was, to the point of investigating.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The letters about firing Comey, the interview with Lester Holt.

KARL: And actually going to the point of investigating whether or not effectively the President was a Russian agent. But what I am getting is this is all building up to the Mueller report and raising expectations of a bombshell report. And there were expectations that were building over a year on this. But people who are closest to what Mueller has been doing, interactive with the Special Counsel, cautioned me, this report is almost certain to be anti-climatic. If you look at what the FBI was investigating in that New York Times report, look what they were investigating, Mueller did not go anywhere with that investigation. He’s been writing his report in real-time from the indictments. We’ve seen nothing from Mueller on the central question of was there any coordination, collusion, with the Russians in the effort to meddle in the elections? Or was there even any knowledge with the president or anybody in the campaign, of what the Russians were doing?

At this point poor Stephanopoulos tried to salvage something that might still give hope to the liberals in his audience but Karl continued to kill the buzz:

STEPHANOPOULOS: They hadn’t laid that out yet in the indictments but how do things like the Trump Tower meeting with Russians, Don Jr., Paul Manafort, Paul Manafort giving polling data to Ukrainian oligarchs, the pursuit of a Trump Tower in Moscow. How does that fit into this theory?

KARL: What we’ve certainly seen over and over again is the people around the president, first of all, have been willing to lie to investigators, and had their own dealings with Russians, had their own agendas with Russians. And Manafort was trying to get paid for his work on behalf of Ukraine. Flynn had his own dealings. But it is not added up to anything of the central question, again, was there anybody – was the Trump campaign aware of or coordinating with the Russians in their effort to meddle with the election. So far there’s been nothing on that and I’m led to believe don’t expect there’s going to be any.

Of course Karl acting as a killjoy for liberals placing their hopes on a devastating Mueller report caused an angry reaction:


How dare you destroy my liberal dream of the Big Bad Orange Man being frog-marched out of the White House!