Democrats are misguided in their efforts to dig deeper into the Mueller report and possibly impeach President Donald Trump, National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow told Newsmax TV.
During a wide-ranging interview with Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy Thursday, Kudlow got fired up when asked about the Russia investigation that lasted nearly two years before ending with Trump being cleared of conspiring with the Russians to win the 2016 election and the Department of Justice declining to pursue an obstruction of justice case against him.
"It's over. Some of these media outlets may not understand it, some of the opposition people may not get it. It's over," Kudlow said at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
"By the way, the real problem in this whole narrative over the past couple years is not President Trump, it's [Russian President] Vladimir Putin. Putin's gonna do it again in the next election. I just want to put that out there. If you read the Mueller report as I have, the bad guy is not President Trump, it's Putin. And I think some people are in denial about that.
"They're trying to weaponize and poison what is essentially a bunch of policy disputes and political disputes. Those are nothing to do with legalities. The president was completely exonerated in my judgment."
Kudlow also discussed another talking point among some Democrats, socialism. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., are self-described socialists. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is running for president and wants to spend $640 billion of taxpayer money to forgive student loans.
"I think socialism's a really bad idea," Kudlow said. "I think history shows, whether it's the old Soviet Union and all their satellite states, or today in the modern world, contemporary world, you can look at Venezuela and other countries.
"That kind of state-run, collectivist, central planning reduces freedoms everywhere, political and economic freedoms, and cripples and destroys the economy. What you're gonna get out of socialism is poverty."
Kudlow went on to say he would like to see a healthy debate socialism.
"I don't want to be snarky, I don't want to laugh," he said. "I want to have a discussion of this issue of socialism vs. free markets."
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