"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace on Colin Powell: He was 'very protective' of his reputation Liz Cheney is the Margaret Chase Smith of our time Sunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year MORE called former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's testimony "a disaster for the Democrats" and "for the reputation of Robert Mueller" during a discussion on the network Wednesday morning, comments that were later retweeted by President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE.
Wallace's remarks on Mueller come as the former FBI director testifies before two congressional committees on Wednesday.
"I think this has been a disaster for the Democrats, and I think it’s been a disaster for the reputation of Robert Mueller," Wallace told anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. "[He] doesn’t seem to know things that are in the report.
"He’s been attacked a number of times, and you would think that almost anybody else would have defended his own integrity, the integrity of the investigation," Wallace continued. "Over and over, Mueller just sits silent and lets the attacks from the Republicans to sweep over him and says nothing."
"I think it does raise questions about the degree to which he actually was in charge of and in control of this report, because he doesn’t seem very much in control or charge of what the final report was. I should say whether he was in charge of the investigation, because he doesn’t seem in charge of what the report actually says," he added.
Trump later quoted Wallace in a tweet sent around the time the hearing paused for a short break.
“This has been a disaster for the Democrats and a disaster for the reputation of Robert Mueller.” Chris Wallace @FoxNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2019
All of the major broadcast networks and cable news networks are offering wall-to-wall coverage on Mueller's testimony.
Wallace rejoined Baier and MacCallum after Mueller concluded his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee to share that he had exchanged an email with a Democratic committee staff member who attempted to set expectations around what party members had hoped his testimony would provide.
"I had an email exchange after that with member of the Democratic committee staff," Wallace said before quoting one part of the exchange. "We did not expect Robert Mueller to, quote, and I love this expression, 'to be the most expressive witness. But we thought we could in this exchange bring the 448-page report to life.'
Later in the discussion, the veteran newsman stated that House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden to take part in CNN town hall in Baltimore Manchin on finishing agenda by Halloween: 'I don't know how that would happen' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Build Back Better items on chopping block MORE (D-Calif.) may end up being the big winner as a result of Mueller's uneven performance since she has been pushing back against the party's left blank on the drive for impeachment.
"The real question is: Is this going to be a game changer? Is this going to change -- we had 95 Democrats vote for impeachment. Are a lot more now going to vote [for impeachment]?" Wallace asked.
"And, more importantly, Nancy Pelosi says, will there be any bi-partisan to buy-in on this? I don't see this changing many minds. And I don't see there any more move to impeachment," he continued.
"To the degree that Nancy Pelosi really doesn't want to go down that route, she may end up being the big winner today because I don't think that the drive for impeachment gained any momentum. In fact I think it lost some," Wallace concluded.