New York Times columnist Frank Bruni claimed on CNN's New Day on Wednesday that President Donald Trump lacks the smarts to understand the full Mueller report. "I'm imagining someone doing a slideshow, you know, with little captions, here's what the report says. He may not. He doesn't have that sort of discipline or span of attention."
As news broke Wednesday afternoon that Attorney General William Barr would be holding a press conference Thursday morning on the release of the Mueller report, MSNBC reporters and pundits began rending their garments over the announcement. Anchor Nicolle Wallace and her panel of journalist guests denounced the Justice Department chief for the supposed outrage of planning to take questions from the press.
Eager for Thursday’s release of the Mueller report, on Wednesday morning, MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson and the Washington Post’s Phil Rucker could barely contain their excitement at the prospect of scouring the document for any “derogatory” information that may make President Trump “look bad.” Jackson even claimed there was “breakdown-level anxiety” throughout the White House.
Absolutely no one in the media has seen the Mueller report, a redacted version of which is due to be released on Thursday, but the utter lack of information hasn’t kept liberal journalists from claiming Attorney General William Barr is acting in “bad faith,” doing the “dirty work” of “protecting the President” as part of a possible “cover-up” of Donald Trump’s alleged misdeeds.
During a lengthy panel discussion on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Monday, just minutes after word came down that the Mueller report would be released to the public on Thursday, Mitchell and her guests worried that it would be a “disappointment.” Even so, the pundits all tried to reassure themselves that the report could still bring President Trump’s downfall.
Members of the liberal media had epic meltdowns following Attorney General William Barr’s Wednesday admission he was looking into how the Trump campaign was spied on in 2016. Despite the fact former FBI Director James Comey admitted the campaign was surveilled, ABC host George Stephanopoulos insisted that it somehow wasn’t really “spying”, during Sunday’s This Week. But the Clinton lackey was swiftly schooled by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Appearing on PBS reporter roundtable on Washington Week Friday, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell complained that Republicans have “controlled the narrative” when it comes to the Mueller report. She also acted like she was a Democratic strategist for a second by urging the Democrats to focus on health care instead of obsessing about Mueller and Russia.
Well, Robert De Niro’s back to his anti-Trump antics again, and while you’d think that he’d have to put down or at least shy away from his enthusiastic Robert Mueller SNL impression — since the “No collusion” report of course — the legendary actor stands by every bit of the role, saying that it’s his preferred bit of “activism” and his “civic duty.” And even with Mueller not being Trump’s supposed boogeyman, De Niro is still excited about future Mueller appearances.
One more indictment that came as a result of the Trump-Russia probe came tumbling down the pike on Thursday, when a former White House counsel for President Obama was charged with lying to investigators about his foreign lobbying work for Ukraine. If that sounds familiar, it’s because that’s similar to what former Trump campaign head Paul Manafort was convicted of. But despite the similarities, the airtime dedicated to the indictment by the broadcast networks was grossly lopsided.
Discussing Attorney General William Barr’s testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday, the panel on The Situation Room repeatedly used the terms “dog whistle” and “bullhorn” when describing his assertion that there was spying on the Trump campaign leading up to the 2016 election. CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin went so far as to accuse Barr of sending a “dog whistle” to Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Now that the liberal media have had a few weeks since Attorney General Bill Barr’s March 24 letter on the Mueller report, liberal journalists and pundits have returned to insisting that Trump-Russian collusion still took place and it affected voters and thus rendered Trump an illegitimate President. Not surprisingly, that nonsense was alive and well on Thursday’s Hardball.
MSNBC host and self-appointed referee of American politics, Chuck Todd was visibly irritated Wednesday evening after Attorney General William Barr admitted before Congress that the Trump campaign was spied on in 2016, and he planned to investigate it. Suggesting Barr was “perpetuating” a “fact-less conspiracy theory”, Todd denied known facts of the case and spun a series of falsehoods while declaring Barr had “gaslit the country”.