Todd calls Mueller hearing an optics disaster for Democrats

"Meet the Press" moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddChuck Todd challenges Cruz after senator pushes theory that Ukraine meddled in election Retiring House Democrat says a Trump reelection would be a 'nightmare scenario' for Congress Cruz on House impeachment inquiry: 'This is 'kangaroo court' MORE on Wednesday called former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts MORE's testimony "a disaster" for Democrats from an optics perspective.

“On substance, the Democrats got what they wanted," Todd noted during a panel discussion anchored by NBC's Lester Holt.

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"They got him to confirm that he didn’t make a charge because of the Justice Department memo. He confirmed that you can still indict [President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE] on these charges after he leaves office. And he seemed to confirm the idea that under any other circumstance, he likely would have filed some charges."

“But he provided such, what do you call it, uncomfortable clarity?" Todd continued. "As they [Democrats] were using him for clarity, he’d somehow fog it up in how he’d do certain things. So look, on optics, this was a disaster,” Todd concluded.

The sentiment echoed remarks earlier by Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday Fox's Chris Wallace calls out Trump for the 'most sustained assault on freedom of the press' in US history Comey, Schiff to be interviewed by Fox's Chris Wallace MORE, who called the hearing "a disaster for the Democrats" and "for the reputation of Robert Mueller" during a discussion on the network that was retweeted by Trump.

Todd's argument saw some pushback from the left on social media, including by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonOvernight Defense: House passes compromise defense bill | Turkey sanctions advance in Senate over Trump objections | Top general says military won't be 'raping, burning and pillaging' after Trump pardons Pentagon leaders: Trump clemencies won't affect military order and discipline Deval Patrick beefs up campaign staff MORE (D-Mass).

"The constitution doesn’t say anything about optics," Moulton wrote to his 144,000 followers.

 

Mueller's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee is expected to wrap up late Wednesday afternoon.