In a conversation about obstruction of justice, MSNBC host Kasie Hunt suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller wanted to bypass the chain of authority within the executive branch and have Congress decide the issue of obstruction, ignoring how this would be a complete rejection of the U.S. Constitution’s clear separation of powers.
Nobody on the MSNBC Morning Joe panel Tuesday morning pointed out the difficulty of building an obstructionist case against the president built because the definition of obstruction includes impeding a proceeding actually pending at the time of the alleged obstruction and that former FBI Director James Comey testified under oath to the U.S. Senate that he told President Trump that he was not under investigation.
“I have two big questions,” Hunt said. “First of all, what was the standard used to determine the collusion question: Was it beyond a reasonable doubt? Was it a prosecutable standard, or was it something else? And second of all, what did Robert Mueller want the country to do on obstruction? Because that is where Bill Barr stepped in and he said, with Rod Rosenstein, ‘We are going to make a decision about what the country should do on this.’ And it’s not clear that Robert Mueller thought that Rosenstein and Barr should make that decision. Did Robert Mueller intend for Congress to make that decision?”
“Hold that thought,” said MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, ending the segment for a commercial break.
After returning from break, neither Brzezinski nor her co-host Joe Scarborough offered any pushback on the extraordinarily shocking claim by Hunt that Mueller somehow wished to undermine the Constitution and subvert the executive branch’s authority. None of the other Morning Joe panelists offered any counterpoints to Hunt’s claim — without any evidence — that Mueller secretly harbored the desire to engage in mutinous behavior against his superiors.