"Meet the Press" moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddJoe Biden: The curmudgeon in chief The Hill's Morning Report - US warns Kremlin, weighs more troops to Europe Blinken: State Dept tracking US Embassy personnel in Kyiv 'very, very closely' MORE on Wednesday called former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate 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 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.
"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 TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial 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) WallaceWolf Blitzer will host an evening newscast on CNN's streaming service Audie Cornish hired by CNN, will host show and podcast on streaming service The five biggest media stories of 2021 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 MoultonUkraine president, US lawmakers huddle amid tensions with Russia Gallego leads congressional delegation to Ukraine Bill seeks to aid families of Black WWII veterans deprived of GI benefits MORE (D-Mass).
"The constitution doesn’t say anything about optics," Moulton wrote to his 144,000 followers.
The constitution doesn’t say anything about optics. https://t.co/Mxbf1mBKZz— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) July 24, 2019
Mueller's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee is expected to wrap up late Wednesday afternoon.