Give it to CNN’s Chris Cuomo: At least he brought former Attorney General Michael Mukasey on his program. Who knows, maybe he thought Mukasey would look ridiculously out of touch when Cuomo started slinging Democratic Party talking points at him. Maybe he thought it would just be good television to go back and forth with someone who knows the law like Mukasey. Whatever his reasons, we have to applaud good ol’ Fredo for being willing to have on an adversarial guest – especially since Mukasey made Cuomo and other supporters of impeachment look like complete idiots.
“In terms of logic of thought and argument,” Cuomo asked, “why this insistence from Republicans on denying what was pretty well established through the testimony by respectable people about what happened here and why it happened?”
Mukasey took Cuomo to school.
“Well, there is a lot more going on than just deny everything. Number one, they’re making the points that you made. Number two, there is still, I think, some legitimate question about whether what was happening at Burisma, which was a crooked operation as a great deal in the Ukraine is, didn’t warrant some taking a look,” Mukasey explained.
Cuomo then doubled back, accusing Republicans of abandoning their duties of oversight to play defense for President Trump. “What is the standard of behavior?” he whined.
“What is the proper standard? This is an impeachment proceeding,” Mukasey asked. “You don’t remove somebody from office for not meeting the proper standard. For not displaying those qualities of mind, character, and temperament that are appropriate to a president.”
Cuomo, perhaps realizing that this impeachment push was indeed silly by any reasonable view of the facts, tried to segue into an attack on Attorney General William Barr.
“[Barr] seems in lockstep with protecting this President’s interest even if it means going bad on his own inspector general,” Cuomo said.
“First off, He’s not going bad on his own inspector general,” Mukasey replied. “Secondly, it’s not, I mean, the inspector general is the inspector general. It’s not his, it’s not anybody’s in particular. He’s not obligated to walk in lockstep with the inspector general.”
Aside from making Cuomo look uninformed and ignorant, this was a pretty good segment. A better one than we would normally expect from modern-day CNN. Michael Mukasey is one of those guys who just cuts right through the left’s inane narrative like a knife through warm butter. Any liberal host with the guts to put him on the air is okay with us.
Well, this week, anyway.