White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is striking back after NBC News suggested that President Trump apologize to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller wrapped up two years of an investigation that had Democrats and liberal journalists eagerly anticipating — on a daily basis — evidence proving their hope that Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.
Their dreams were crushed when Mueller filed the report on Friday and U.S. Attorney General William Barr released a summary this weekend that gave Trump “a legal clean bill of health.” But it’s obvious they’re still trying to paint the president as the bad guy here.
“For the last two years, the president has absolutely eviscerated Bob Mueller, a lifelong public servant, a former Marine, a registered Republican, I might add,” NBC’s “Today” host Savannah Guthrie said to Sanders on Monday, according to The Hill.
“He’s called him a national disgrace, discredited, a prosecutor gone rogue who oversaw a gang of thugs,” she continued. “Did Robert Mueller deserve better from the president than this kind of language and behavior?”
“Frankly, I think the America people deserved better,” Sanders countered. “They didn’t deserve for the election of this president to try to be taken down—”
“Wait, a minute, but the president’s rhetoric, about a public servant doing a job...” Guthrie cut her off.
“Are you kidding?!” the White House press secretary exclaimed.
“The president’s rhetoric matches...the media and Democrats have called the president an agent of a foreign government!” she pointed out. “That is an accusation equal to treason, which is punishable by death in this country!”
But Guthrie wasn’t giving up yet, mentioning that Trump “trashed” Mueller for two years and insisting, “Does he owe Robert Mueller an apology for that kind of rhetoric?”
“I think Democrats and the mainstream media owe the president and they owe the American people an apology,” Sanders replied. “They wasted two years and created a massive disruption and distraction from things that impact everyone’s day-to-day life.”
“Let’s not forget this took place under the Obama administration,” she continued. You had people like [former Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper and [former CIA Director John] Brennan lying to Congress to perpetuate this idea of Russia collusion against the president of the United States.”
“I think it’s a shame for the America people, but we’re all very glad it’s over and we can move forward and focus on things that really matter,” she concluded.
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Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz agreed with Sanders’ sentiments during his appearance on “Fox & Friends” Monday, saying, “I think a lot of apologies are due to the American public about being misled by many in the media who substituted wishful thinking for factual analysis.”
“That’s not what media people want to hear,” he continued, according to the Daily Caller. “What we want to hear as the American public is a straight-down analysis, and what we don’t want to hear from Mueller is a law review article.”
He said for mainstream media journalists, “All they did was, oh, [the president’s] going to be indicted because we want him to be indicted. He did collude because we want him to collude. He obstructed because we wanted him to have obstructed. That’s not news analysis. That’s advocacy journalism.”