MSNBC’s Ari Melber: It’s a ‘Huge Win’ For Trump if Mueller Doesn’t Conclude Criminal Conspiracy With Russia

If special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation wraps up without uncovering a criminal conspiracy with Russia, one noted legal analyst believes it’s a “huge win” for President Donald Trump.

Speaking with Mediaite founder Dan Abrams on SiriusXM Thursday, MSNBC’s Ari Melber suggested that the president’s repeated insistence of “no collusion” will get a major boost if the Mueller report comes back without any indictments alleging a conspiracy with Russia.

“If Bob Mueller does not indict Americans for collusion or conspiring with the Russians, that means — after this extensive probe — he didn’t find chargeable evidence for collusion,” Melber said. “Given that Donald Trump has been saddled with that in political and legal terms for his entire presidency thus far, that is a huge win. And it is one that people need to respect in the rule of law. If you like Bob Mueller when he was going after people that are your opponents, you still — under rule of law — need to respect what he found or didn’t find. Even if it helps that same crowd.”

That said, the indictments of a number of figures in the Trump orbit including; Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Roger Stone are, of course, damning. As such, Melber believes the net result of the Mueller investigation cannot possibly be considered a victory for the president.

“Writ large, was the Mueller probe a win for the Trump administration? No,” Melber said. “When you track indictments of advisors, [Richard] Nixon and [Bill] Clinton only had advisors indicted five, six years into their term as president…[Barack] Obama went eight years, no one was ever indicted. Donald Trump holds the very concerning and embarrassing distinction of the fastest indictment rate of any president in American history.

“So I don’t see, at the end of that, how you spike the football.”

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