A discussion about when—if ever—the full Mueller report will be released got heated on The View Friday morning, with Meghan McCain seeming to put her trust in Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary to tell the American people everything they really need to know about the special counsel’s 300-page document.
“I think the hard part for me is we’ve had so many guests on, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, a cacophony of people who have said when the Mueller report comes out you can trust him, you can trust his judgment, 100 percent he is a good dude with a great reputation,” McCain said. “And then it comes out and it doesn’t fit the narrative that maybe people want.”
Of course, while Mueller has submitted his full report to the Justice Department, it has not actually “come out” beyond the attorney general’s short summary.
“I will say, Democrats, if you want to make it to the Emerald City, you got to work your way through Oz,” McCain added. “You know how you get Trump out of the White House? You campaign hard and win over the Midwest and the Rust Belt who you lost in the last election cycle. And that’s not sexy and it’s not collusion and it’s not interesting. You want Trump out? You got to work for it.”
When Joy Behar said that’s what the Democratic presidential candidates are doing, McCain shot back, “I don’t believe they’re doing that. I believe that you are focusing on collusion, on Russian spying.” She added, “I trust Mueller. I don’t believe that our president was a spy. Focus on the issues that are going to win over over voters.”
“We’re happy to see that Trump is not the Manchurian candidate, but the American people are very suspicious of the fact that we have not seen the report,” Behar replied. “We have the right to see what was in there.”
McCain agreed that “we should all see it,” but added, “The thing I don’t understand is if we’re all okay with it being released and the president is OK with it being released, then what do you think is in this? What’s the smoking gun in this hypothetically?”
“Again, I don’t like President Trump,” she continued, “but it’s more important to me to seek truth, to live in reality, to live in facts because I think how we got to this place is there were too many people convincing the American public that our president was a spy in Russia. And by the way, I include myself in that, because there’s a lot of weird smoke around it. But if we can’t trust Mueller…”
“Look, folks, if he is cleared of collusion and everything, he should be the first one that wants it released,” Ana Navarro added of Trump. “More than that, we’ve got elections in less than two years. We know that Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. election. We have got a right to know what exactly happened with that so that it doesn’t happen again.”