Todd calls Mueller hearing an optics disaster for Democrats

"Meet the Press" moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddPublic health expert: 50 percent effective coronavirus vaccine would be 'better than what we have now' Navarro 'confident' Trump executive actions 'will stand up' in court Karen Bass: 'I'm not a socialist, I'm not a communist' MORE on Wednesday called former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection 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) WallaceMnuchin: Democrats will 'have a lot of explaining to do' if they want to challenge Trump orders in court Pelosi: Trump executive actions 'are illusions' Trump teases order requiring insurers to cover preexisting conditions 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 MoultonPortland: The Pentagon should step up or pipe down House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday 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.