Special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian influence in the 2016 election will be the rallying cry for Democrats much like the controversy over Hillary Clinton's deleted emails was a touchstone for Republicans, MSNBC host Chuck Todd said Thursday.
"This feels like the email fights with Clinton," Todd said in a panel discussion on "MTP Daily." "This feels like [the] Mueller report is going to be the, 'But her emails.' So, it will be 'But the Mueller report' when it comes to [President Donald] Trump."
Panelist Michael Steel, former chief of staff to former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, agreed.
"You're exactly right," Steel said. "It's like Hillary Clinton's emails that it's big and hairy and complicated. And people with real jobs and lives don't understand the in's and out's of it. They have their opinion one way or the other. And it's not changing."
Todd also argued Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani had a point when he said the internal pushback to Attorney General William Barr's four-page summation on Mueller report is the work of "disgruntled Mueller staffers who are rabid democratic supporters."
"While his credibility at times can be hot and cold, the fact is . . . he was able to look credible in this statement," Todd said, citing Giuliani's point the special counsel's office would have publicly disputed Attorney General William Barr's summary, as it did a BuzzFeed report in January, if there was a "significant difference."
A video clip of the exchange was posted by Mediaite.
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