With Special Counsel, Lauer Worries Dems Won’t Be Able to ‘Drive Headlines’ Against Trump

May 19, 2017 | 10:25 AM EDT

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Today co-host Matt Lauer worried on Friday that appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Trump administration could be “bad news” for Democrats because it may prevent liberal lawmakers from being able to “drive headlines” against the President. The NBC morning show anchor was apparently eager for Trump’s opponents to make a spectacle of the Russia investigation with public congressional hearings.

Talking to National Political Correspondent Steve Kornacki about the subject, Lauer fretted: “Appointing a special counsel, good news, bad news, I think, for Democrats....you wanted a lot of key witnesses to come in and raise their right hand in public hearings and you wanted to drive headlines with that. You have less of an ability to do that now.” The “good news” Lauer saw for Democrats was that the special counsel “ramps up the pressure on the White House.”