WATCH: Hannity says the media has lied for years
Former federal judge and Attorney General Michael Mukasey didn’t mince words when he appeared with on CNN on Tuesday’s Cuomo Prime Time.
He blasted CNN for “misleading a lot of people” when it came to the special counsel investigation.
First, he noted that there was no collusion, despite host Chris Cuomo’s efforts to suggest there was.
CUOMO: Who says it didn’t happen? Russian interference happened.
MUKASEY: Russian interference happened for sure, but cooperation and conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russians did not happen. And that was —
CUOMO: To a criminal level, no says Mr. Mueller.
MUKASEY: — to any level.
Exactly. As Mueller noted in the report, it wasn’t just that they didn’t find enough collusion/conspiracy to prosecute, it’s that they didn’t find any at all.
Cuomo then tried to blame Barr for deciding there was no obstruction, claiming that it wasn’t his role to do that. Mukasey once against schooled Cuomo, that it is in fact up to the AG if the Special Counsel didn’t make a decision. Cuomo, incorrectly, suggested it was up to Congress to decide whether to indict or not, when of course, they don’t have any such power or right.
Then Mukasey really let loose on Cuomo, berating CNN for whipping the American public up into an “absolute hysteria.”
“[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,” he exclaimed.
Mukasey also got Cuomo to admit that Barr’s letter wasn’t misleading on the lack of obstruction of justice charges by reminding the former lawyer, that “it is in fact not the job of any counsel or anybody else to exonerate. God does that. Even juries that return acquittals don’t come back and say ‘innocent,’ they say ‘not guilty.’”
As a cherry on top of this embarrassing schooling, Mukasey also talked about how the origins of the Russia investigation needed to be investigated: “This report begins with a misstatement suggesting that the investigation started in July of 2016 when the FBI opened its file. That’s the kind of half-truth that’s purely designed to irritate anybody who knows the other half.”