CNN host Anderson Cooper on Monday zinged the president for reportedly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller from the Russia investigation, jokingly suggesting “Jared Kushner could take it over.”
The panel on “AC360” was discussing Newsmax CEO and Donald Trump confidante Chris Ruddy’s assertion that the president is “considering perhaps terminating” Mueller, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last month to oversee the Russia probe.
Cooper called the move “politically incomprehensible,” asking New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza about the ramifications of such a decision.
Lizza explained that there is now “evidence of a potential crime” following former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee, adding it’s now Mueller’s job to find out if the president obstructed justice.
CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, on the other hand, remained unconvinced that such a move would jeopardize Trump’s political standing.
“What makes anyone think that the Republican party base would be upset about this at all?” Toobin asked. “Or the Republicans in Congress? What have the Republicans in Congress ever objected to that Donald Trump has done?”
Toobin argued Republicans like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) would be “very concerned” about the decision, but will quickly “move and then they’ll repeal healthcare,” adding the public would be hard-pressed to see “any real dissent” from the president’s party,
“Anything [Trump’s] done has gotten some throat clearing, but everybody’s marching in lock-step,” Toobin later added.
Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa Matt Whitaker pointed out if the president decides to follow through on firing Mueller it will put the probe “in the hands of the career professionals at the Department of Justice, which is not what this president wants, for sure.”
“Jared Kushner could take it over,” Cooper joked.
“It’s Middle East peace he’s taking care of,” Toobin reminded Cooper.
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