Journalist says Trump's surprise 2016 victory led to media's Russia probe narrative

Journalist Matt Taibbi told Hill.TV's "Rising" on Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE's unexpected victory in 2016 led various media figures to argue his campaign had colluded with Russia during the election.

"When he won the election, there was a lot of shock and disbelief in the press community that I think was maybe misplaced," Taibbi, a Rolling Stone contributor, told co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton. "I think maybe if we had been paying attention correctly all along we would have seen this more as like the logical result of a long period of discontent that had been growing for quite some time, dating back probably two election cycles."

"Instead, we sort of jumped immediately on this storyline that the election results were illegitimate and that Trump was the agent of a foreign power who would fix the vote," he added. "I understand that there were reasons for people to think that, but I think that was the psychological reason behind a lot of what happened."

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrAnticipation builds for final Supreme Court rulings Anticipation builds for final Supreme Court rulings Trump's Justice Department should change its tune on antitrust policy MORE released his summary of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which found no evidence of coordination or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Many of Trump's critics in the media, including legal experts, have been on the defensive following Barr's summary of Mueller's findings.

Mueller "ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment" regarding whether Trump attempted to obstruct the probe itself, according to Barr's summary. Barr wrote that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon GOP group urges Republicans to speak out on obstruction claims against Trump in new ad MORE determined that the evidence was "not sufficient" to establish obstruction of justice. 

— Julia Manchester