The MSM is salivating over the prospect that the indictments handed down by Robert Mueller of Manafort, Gates and Papadopoulos are just the first dominoes to fall in a game that will lead all the way to Donald Trump.
Exemplifying the MSM’s bloodlust is CNN counter-terrorism analyst Phil Mudd, who this morning breathlessly exclaimed, “if we think [these indictments are] the bombshell, we ain’t seen nothing yet.”
And so it came as an unexpected point of light that CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin–hardly a fan of the Trump administration–emphatically tamped down Mudd’s enthusiasm, telling him, “hold on cowboy.” Toobin continued, “you’re sort of assuming that all these other people committed crimes. Maybe they didn’t.”
At the end of the exchange, Toobin again countered Mudd’s hyperventilation. Said Mudd, “lay down a bet down in Vegas. Is a bigger fish going to go down? Yes or no? I’m going to say yes.” Retorted Toobin: “I’m going to say, I don’t know.”
After being called a “cowboy” on live national TV by a fellow CNN analyst, it would be interesting to know what former CIA agent Mudd had to say to Toobin when the cameras went off.
Note: Mudd has money on the noggin. He called Papadopoulos “silver [small] change,” whereas Mueller is a “high-dollar” lawyer. And Mudd concluded by imagining bets in Vegas.
PHIL MUDD: Mueller is a high-dollar lawyer. Twelve years as the FBI director. This guy, Papadopoulos is silver change. Robert Mueller didn’t sign up for this job to take down some 30-year old at the periphery for an [18 U.S. Code §] 1001 lying to a federal officer violation. He’s in the intel business, Papadopoulos. He’ what we would call an access agent. He is the beginning of rolling up — not rolling down, rolling up to access to bigger targets. We have not heard a single name of a major target beyond Paul Manafort. We haven’t heard a single conversation about Don, Jr, about Jared Kushner. We haven’t heard real allegations that the campaign actually received information, for example, related to e-mails. I think the indication we have here, if you look at Robert Mueller’s background, 12 years ago as FBI director, is he rolled out the first card in this game. And if we think this is the bombshell, we ain’t seen nothing yet.
JEFFREY TOOBIN: Wait a second. Hold on, cowboy.
TOOBIN: I just think, you know, you’re sort of assuming that all these other people committed crimes. Maybe they didn’t. This was in the 1001 case, a discreet lie to an FBI agent, a very traditional crime to be prosecuted. And you’re talking about rolling up these people, which they may yet do. But, I don’t know. I just think we need to be careful about assuming that, you know, all these high-level people committed crimes.
MUDD: I agree, but lay down a bet down in Vegas. Is a bigger fish going to go down or not after an investigation that goes back now maybe nearly two years? Yes or no? I’m going to say yes.
TOOBIN: I’m going to say, I don’t know.