MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews blasted Special Counsel Robert Mueller Friday night after his report recommended no new indictments against President Donald Trump or his associates.
Matthews reminded NBC News national security reporter Ken Dilanian about the now infamous the Trump Tower meeting as well as multiple meetings between Russian ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016.
“All these dots we are now to believe don’t connect,” Matthews said.
“Well, that’s the conclusion in front of us, Chris. All that stuff was suggested. It didn’t prove anything. In fact, the Trump Tower meeting, my reporting tells me was a bust. They didn’t actually hand over any incriminating information,” Dilanian responded. “What it showed is that Donald Trump Jr. was willing to accept help, but we saw no evidence that they actually accepted help—hacked emails or analytical stuff, all that stuff. It never panned out.”
On the issue of obstruction of justice, Matthews asked Dilanian why the president was never interrogated after numerous experts had repeatedly said that would be necessary to prove obstruction and how could Mueller “Let Trump off the hook?”
“So far tonight, we have no reason to believe Trump is going to be charged by rhetoric in a document itself in the Mueller report,” Matthews continued. “He will not be charged with obstruction or collusion, without ever having to sit down with the special counsel Mueller and answer his damn questions. How can that happen?”
Dilanian didn’t disagree with Matthews’ assertion pointing out that Mueller spoke with Bill Clinton and the FBI spoke with Hillary Clinton, but his conclusion was that Trump had transmitted Mueller that he would take the Fifth Amendment and not speak to him and that Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight and delay the investigation even further.
Nevertheless, he did question whether or not Mueller made the right decision in this case.
“You could argue he should have done it anyway. Mueller should have sent the subpoena to stand on principle to show that he took that extra step. He chose not to do that.”
Matthews reaction was similar to others in the media who melted down after the release of the report didn’t provide them with the result they were hoping for.