CNN's Jake Tapper: ‘I Don’t Know Anybody Who Got Anything Wrong’

By Melanie Arter | April 1, 2019 | 10:10am EDT
CNN's Jake Tapper (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

( – CNN’s Jake Tapper said Sunday on “State of the Union” that he didn’t know anyone – “other the people in the media on the left” – not on CNN – who got anything wrong about the Mueller investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

During an interview with acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Tapper asked Mulvaney to explain President Donald Trump’s tweet Friday that stated, “The problem is no matter what the radical left Democrats get, no matter what we give them, it will never be enough. Just watch. They will harass and complain and resist, the theme of their movement. So maybe we should just take our victory and say, no, we have got a country to run."


“When the president says no there in that tweet, is he suggesting that the full Mueller report should not be released?” Tapper asked.

“No, take the president at his word that it is -- it is time to sort of work on policy. Yes, we need to figure out what went wrong with the Mueller report, why -- in all fairness to your network, why the media got it so wrong for so long, but it is time to talk about health care. It is time to talk about trade,” Mulvaney said.


“It is time to talk about other things, while, at the same time, talking about why it came down the way that it did. It was so thorough and yet so accurate. How did the media get it so wrong? I think the president is just venting the same frustration a lot of people had when the Mueller report came out, and it turned out exactly like he said that it would,” he said. “So, now, as usual, you take the president at his word in his tweets.”

“He wants it released, but I'm not sure what you're saying the media got wrong. The media reported what -- the investigation was going on. Other than the people in the media on the left, not on this network, I don't know anybody who got anything wrong. We didn't say that there was conspiracy. We said that Mueller was investigating conspiracy,” Tapper said.

“That's fine. If that's your recollection of history, that's great. Face it, come on, the media got this wrong, Jake. It's OK. People get stuff wrong all the time, just not at this level, but it's done now. The report is there. It's extraordinarily thorough, as you know. I think they talked to 500 people, issued 2,800 subpoenas, and it completely exonerates the president. There's no collusion. There's no obstruction of justice. It's exactly what the president said it was,” Mulvaney said.

“Well, have you read the Mueller report?” Tapper asked.

“No. Neither have you. I have read the Barr summary, which is what everybody else has read,” Mulvaney said.

“But you're making statements there that I -- you know, I don't know what the Mueller report says. And I was just asking, are we going to see the Mueller report?” Tapper asked.

“Yes,” Mulvaney said.

“There were, in addition to all the interviews you talked about, dozens of indictments, including jail time for people close to the president,” Tapper said.



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