In a Tuesday one-on-one interview on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and host Chris Cuomo debated FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings from his almost two-year investigation into alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election.
The former attorney general under President George W. Bush called out Cuomo and CNN for “misleading a lot of people” with their collusion theories without full knowledge of the report.
Mukasey asserted that President Donald Trump was “being investigated for a crime that didn’t happen and that he certainly didn’t commit.”
“Who says it didn’t happen?” Cuomo asked. “Russian interference happened.”
“Russian interference happened for sure, but cooperation and conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russians did not happen,” Mukasey corrected.
Cuomo replied, “To a criminal level, no, says Mr. Mueller.”
Mukasey stated, “To any level.”
“I don’t know about any level,” responded Cuomo. “But to a criminal level I’ll give you.”
Cuomo said bringing charges against Trump should have been left up to Congress, which Mukasey also corrected him on.
Excerpt as follows:
MUKASEY: Congress doesn’t indict. Congress can impeach.
CUOMO: I’m using it as just a metaphor here.
MUKASEY: But you’re misleading a lot of people. You have a big audience. … Getting smaller by the minute now, but it’s bigger.
He added, “[Y]our network were devoting days of people sitting around and talking about a report that they didn’t — whose content they didn’t know, that they hadn’t seen, in essence, panels of people sitting around a table inhaling their own exhaust and getting high on it.”
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