Towards the end of a spirited panel battle between CNN political commentators Symone Sanders and Bryan Lanza, Sanders declared that folks definitively claiming there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia on 2016 election meddling are helping the president undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
In response to President Donald Trump bringing on Joe diGenova — someone who has pushed Deep State theories on cable news — to his Russia probe legal team, Sanders said he was a “TV lawyer” and “conspiracy theorist.” Meanwhile, as far as the Mueller probe, the liberal pundit stated that it is “laughable” that Mueller needs to come out now and say something about the investigation in the interest of transparency, adding that the probe could go on for another year.
Lanza was asked about Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy’s comments over the weekend in which the South Carolina lawmaker noted that if the president’s attorneys had an innocent client, they need to “act like it,” referencing attorney John Dowd’s call for the Mueller probe to be ended.
The conservative talking head said that Gowdy spoke “like a prosecutor” before moving onto the Muller investigation, claiming that the special counsel has “demonstrated that no collusion has taken place” based on “actions and moves he’s made.”
“You cannot even assert that!” Sanders exclaimed. “You cannot assert that!”
“I just did,” Lanza retorted.
The two then went back and forth a bit over whether or not Mueller has found that there was “no collusion,” with Sanders saying that ” we should all take caution to make declarative statements like no collusion has taken place” while Lanza stated that “we do know” that Mueller isn’t looking at collusion based on recent indictments and charges.
At the end of the segment, Sanders made the following observation:
“We do not have the full picture, so I am not going to sit here and underscore the fact that there is no collusion, we don’t know. So we have to wait for the investigation to play out and every single day someone on national television undermines the investigation by asserting that there is no collusion. They’re aiding and abetting Donald Trump and his effort to undermine.”
Lanza shot back at Sanders, saying that was “silly,” leading her to tell Lanza it “was not silly.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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