MSNBC Spreads 'Cover-Up' Conspiracy Theories, Claims Mueller is 'Compromised'
Hosts convinced President Trump colluded with Russia, despite exoneration by report
Not satisfied that the special counsel's investigation into Russian collusion has exonerated President Donald Trump, MSNBC hosts attempted to flip the script by spreading conspiracy theories, claim Robert Mueller has been "compromised."
After the Russia probe found that the Trump campaign didn't collude with Russian agents to affect the outcome of the 2016 election, host Joy Reid suggested that Attorney General William Barr must have orchestrated a "cover-up" designed to protect the president.
Speaking with Above the Law editor Elie Mystal and former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman Reid claimed that Barr "stopped the investigation" and somehow forced Mueller to change the outcome of the almost 2-year-long Russia probe.
During the exchange, neither Reid nor Mystal appear to be able to wrap their minds around the idea that the final report might actually exonerate President Trump and his campaign team of charges that they illegally manipulated the election outcome.
“Is Trump’s flunky going to release a report that might be damaging to his sugar daddy? I don’t think so," Mystal mused.
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“I don’t even know why we think that Barr isn’t the one who stopped the investigation,” he continued, outlining the motive behind a Barr-driven conspiracy within the Justice Department.
“This is a 22-month-long investigation, Barr’s been on the scene for a month, and now we’re done?
"That doesn’t strike anybody as odd?
"No, I have absolutely no confidence that Bill Barr will do anything other than what is in the best interest of Donald Trump.”
As the Daily Wire noted, Reid immediately agreed, despite the obvious fact that Trump ally Jeff Sessions served in the position of Attorney General during at least 18 of the 22 months of Mueller's investigation, and Barr reported that Mueller experienced no interference from the White House or the DOJ while conducting his independent probe.
Instead, Reid, says, it's very clear that Barr's letter, which accompanied news of Mueller's report, demonstrated that the "seeds of a cover-up" have already been planted.
“The fact that this investigation takes place within the Justice Department, which Donald Trump essentially controls," Reid suggested, "and that he got rid of the problem, Jeff Sessions, who––the one decent thing that he did was just recuse himself.
"This guy is not recused. It feels like the seeds of a cover-up are here."
MSNBC conspiracy theorist Joy Reid on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report: "It feels like the seeds of a cover-up are here." pic.twitter.com/rZMF76nBWc— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 23, 2019
For his part, Akerman, who has experienced with presidential investigations (and, ultimately, prosecutions), noted that Barr's conduct has been nothing but professional since he assumed office in early 2019:
“So far so good. The letter says all the right things, and he’s really adhered to the letter of the regulations, which is good.”
Reid remained unconvinced.
Reid, of course, is only joining a vocal chorus of Democrats, progressive activists, and media luminaries, proposing alternative theories and explanations for news that Mueller did not recommend any further indictments beyond the 30 or so his team has already pursued.
Although this development reveals little about Mueller's final report, it does seem to suggest that President Trump and his son, Donald Trump, Jr., will not be arrested and President Trump removed from office as some had hoped.
Disappointed, some Democrats and media figures have suggested waiting for the Southern District of New York to conclude its own investigation (which they now claim was the "showpiece" investigation, and not Mueller's), and are demanding that the notoriously silent Mueller sits in front of Congress for grilling by House Democrats.