Former Dem Senator Torricelli Throws Down the Gauntlet to Mueller: ‘Put Up or Shut Up’


Former Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) challenged Special Counsel Robert Mueller Tuesday to “put up or shut up” when it comes to the findings of the ongoing investigation into whether President Donald Trump‘s campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

Moments later, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle confronted Torricelli over his assertion that Mueller’s probe is taking too long.

“The Russia thing in the minds of the American people and Congress is starting to get old. Pretty soon, Mueller’s going to have to put up or shut up,” Torricelli said — echoing similar comments that have been made by multiple Republican lawmakers and even the president who has called the investigation a “witch hunt.”

Ruhle challenged Torricelli over his comment, pointing out that Mueller’s investigation hasn’t taken as long as other high-profile federal probes.

“No, I’m not going to let you go on that,” Ruhle said. “Because we keep saying this has been going on too long, except, Benghazi investigation? Four years, no indictments. Hillary’s email investigation? Two years, no indictments. The Trump-Russia investigation? 15 months, 21 indictments.”

“So maybe you’re exhausted from the media talking about it all the time. It’s not a long time by comparison,” Ruhle added. 

Torricelli replied by arguing that even though the investigation has not necessarily lasted a long time “in legal terms,” it has dragged on “in public attention.”

“There’s been a lot of public focus for a long time. There’s a burden on Mueller here pretty soon to start coming up with something,” Torricelli said.

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