Mainstream media was undoubtedly surprised when Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced the conclusion of his investigation. Although it was anticipated for some time now, the investigation ended without Mueller formally interviewing President Trump and ended without any indictments of colluding with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election—the entire reason of the special counsel investigation.
Mainstream media did not take the news of the conclusion well, BizPac Review reports.
At 5:00 pm on Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his long-awaited report on Russian collusion to Attorney General William Barr.
The reaction from the mainstream media and Hollywood celebrities ranged from the gnashing of teeth to outright lividness. It was almost Biblical in its tragedy.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews asked his panel of guests why the investigation was allowed to end without Trump or a member of his family being indicted.
“How can the president be pointed to as leading collusion with Russia, aiding a Russian conspiracy to interfere with our elections if none of his henchmen, none of his children, none of his associates have been indicted?” Matthews asked, per the report.
The MSNBC host’s puzzling demeanor then churned into a twisting rage: “He will not be charged with obstruction or with collusion without ever having to sit down with the special counsel Mueller to answer his damn questions! How can that happen?”
He continued: “Why was there never an interrogation of this president? We were told for weeks by experts, ‘You cannot deal with an obstruction-of-justice charge or investigation without getting the motive. … How could they let Trump off the hook?”
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According to the report, Matthews was far from the only mainstream media member who has peddled the Russia-Trump collusion story for years only to see the Muller investigation conclude with Trump unscathed.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was “visibly emotional” during her segment where she theorized what the final report might mean.
“Finally it’s happened. In terms of what that means and what Mueller found, we know only the smallest little bits. This is the start of something, apparently, not the end of something,” she contended.
MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski similarly reacted in a “confused manner,” BizPac Review reports.
According to the report, CNN had a “more sensible” reaction:
Multiple hosts and pundits admitted that the report was a win for the president.
“[T]his is a good night certainly for the president, for his family — Don Jr. was in the meeting in Trump Tower, he’s not going to be indicted — Jared Kushner, questions about him, he’s not going to be indicted,” host Anderson Cooper reportedly said.
CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin concurred somewhat.
“There has been a lot of suspicion around certain people. And a lot of negative things have been said and imputation of criminal activity,” he reportedly said to host Wolf Blitzer earlier in the evening.
“Mueller has said, ‘I am not proceeding.’ There is no better news to receive than you are not being indicted by the United States government.”
Naturally, some people on the Left are turning on Robert Mueller and are saying they “put too much trust” in him and his investigation, like HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher.
“I’m just going to go by what we do know, and I must say I don’t think it looks good. No further indictments. … Did the Democrats put too must trust in the Mueller report? Because I don’t need the Mueller report to know he’s [Trump’s] a traitor. I have a TV,” Maher told guests on his show.
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) March 23, 2019
Several other celebrities and political pundits went from “it’s Mueller time!” to “can Mueller really be trusted” real quick:
Remember how confident Trump-critics were all this time? Here’s a reminder, from Grabien News:
For a refresher on just how confidently these predictions were made, here are a few flashbacks.
In December 2017, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said the Trump Team might be going to jail “for the rest of their lives.”
In December 2018, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Delaware Sen. Coons — as he often does — if he thought Trump might be facing jail time. Sen. Coons said yes, “the issues outlined against both Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, I think, continue to sharpen the ways in which it is clear that the Mueller investigation has produced a whole series of actions not previously exposed to the public.”
Democratic lawmakers were not immune from setting lofty expectations from the outcome of the investigation. In December 2018, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Trump could be the first president “to face the prospect of jail time.”
“My takeaway is there’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time,” Rep. Schiff said. “We have been discussing the issue of pardons that the president may offer to people or dangle in front of people. The bigger pardon question may come down the road as the next president has to determine whether to pardon Donald Trump.”
Here’s even more:
In March 2017, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) said the evidence he had already seen enough evidence of collusion to predict prison sentences.
“My impression is after all of this is said and done that some people end up in jail,” he told CNN’s Blitzer. “My impression is that people will probably be charged and probably go to jail.”
In March 2018, ABC’s Joy Behar hopefully predicted of the Trump family: “I think they’re all going to end up together in prison and maybe that’s a good thing.”