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Todd calls Mueller hearing an optics disaster for Democrats

"Meet the Press" moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddFauci fatigue sets in as top doc sows doubt in vaccine effectiveness Blinken warns it would be a 'serious mistake' for Taiwan's status to be changed 'by force' Blinken: China 'didn't do what it needed to do' in early stages of pandemic MORE on Wednesday called former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report 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) WallaceMcConnell seeks to end feud with Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure 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: Iran talks set up balancing act for Biden | Pentagon on alert amid Russian saber rattling | Lawmakers urge Pentagon to be pickier about commanders' requests for more troops Is it okay to waste infrastructure dollars? Lawmakers want Pentagon, DOJ to punish current, former military members who participated in riot 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.