Ex-Clinton Advisor: Dems Must Accept Mueller Report Exonerates Trump & Move On
Mark Penn says Democrats will face voter 'backlash' if they don't accept probe findings
Democrats must accept that special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his Russia probe exonerates President Donald Trump and move on, or face a voter "backlash" in the 2020 election, former Clinton advisor Mark Penn warned Monday.
Speaking to "Fox & Friends," the political strategist said he worked with Bill Clinton on his impeachment proceedings in 1998, and after it was over, Americans didn't want to hear any more about it.
“The question really is will America say the same thing or will Democrats keep pushing this as though they need to do an investigation even bigger than the Mueller investigation, which is impossible given the resources that he had,” said Penn, who also advised Hillary Clinton during her presidential runs.
He said the option for Democrats is to admit Mueller was right, that Trump's campaign didn't collude with Russia, and move on.
“If they say that, I think they can get more votes,” Penn explains.
“If they don’t, they’re going to be in for a possible backlash.”
According to Fox News, Penn’s comments came as Democrats in the House vowed to keep investigating Trump and his business dealings despite the conclusions of the Mueller report.
Penn said Mueller’s findings that the Trump campaign did not conspire or coordinate with Russia to influence the 2016 election couldn’t be clearer.
Attorney General William Barr revealed those findings Sunday.
No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019
“No matter your ideologies or your loyalties, this is a good day for America. No American conspired to cooperate with Russia in its efforts to interfere with the 2016 election, according to Robert Mueller, and that is good.” @BretBaier @FoxNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2019
“The Special Counsel did not find that the Trump Campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian Government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump Campaign.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2019
“The question out there if you’re on the campaign trail, they don’t want to disappoint their base that’s been revved up about the Russia conspiracy for two years,” Penn added.
But the swing voters are quite different, Penn said.
“They’re going to look at this, they’re going to look at The New York Times headline, they’re going to look at the additional information that comes out and say, ‘Wow, this was never a real conspiracy at all. How did we ever waste two years of America over this?’”