President Donald Trump clearly was in no mood to entertain reporters and their indictment fantasies after testimony by former special counsel Robert Mueller before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
NBC’s Hallie Jackson asked the president if he was the least bit concerned about being indicted on obstruction of justice charges after his tenure in the White House is through (whenever that may be).
The commander-in-chief absolutely went after her for posing a question about those charges — something that Mueller indicated during his testimony is not going to happen.
It was a bad day for Democrats — and then their good friends in the media got crushed as well.
Fake news. Trump absolutely locked in on the question. Jackson paid the price.
“It was a witch hunt. A total witch hunt,” Trump declared. “And when you saw Robert Mueller’s statement — the earlier statement, and then he did a recap — he did a correction later on in the afternoon. And you know what that correction was, and you still ask the question.”
Aghast over the reporter’s inquiry, Trump went about explaining why she might have even posed the question.
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“You know why? Because you’re fake news. And you’re one of the most [fake]. And let me just tell you, the fact that you even ask that question, you’re fake news,” the president went on. “Because you know what? He totally corrected himself in the afternoon, and you know that just as well as anybody.”
Asked if he was concerned he could be indicted once he’s left office, Pres. Trump responds angrily, saying, “All of those problems having to do with crime were the biggest hoax of all,” and accusing the reporter who asked of being “fake news.” https://t.co/CXfCvYspNV pic.twitter.com/ZMAR1lWwx6
— ABC News (@ABC) July 24, 2019
Mueller corrected himself. Trump’s right. There’s little doubt that NBC’s reporter wasn’t aware of Mueller’s correction on the record.
Jackson must have simply chosen to remain blissfully ignorant on that fact.
During his testimony in the morning, Mueller appeared to agree with Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who asserted that the counselor’s office didn’t charge the president with obstruction because of Department of Justice policies against indicting sitting presidents.
That was, it turns out, fake news.
Mueller immediately began the afternoon session by correcting the record.
Robert Mueller crushes Democrats’ dream yet again:
“I want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mr. Lieu, who said, and I quote, ‘You didn’t charge the president because of the OLC opinion.’ That is not the correct way to say it.” #MuellerHearing pic.twitter.com/W77YxcRXO8
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 24, 2019
Regardless of DOJ policy, Mueller noted, his team “did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime.”
Just like that, another Democrat narrative got flushed down the drain.
The media are desperately seeking to cling to any bit of that narrative they can in an effort to aid the Democrats. This, despite the fact that Mueller’s congressional testimony was widely viewed as “a disaster for the Democrats.”
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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