On today’s Morning Joe, MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin said that special counsel Robert Mueller “is a cyborg.” Joe Scarborough was so tickled by the description that he had Halperin repeat it.
Calling Mueller “a relentless opponent,” Halperin said that “there is a strategy here, there’s a fearlessness, and there’s a level of coordination that makes anyone trying to help the president on this be put in a very defensive position.”
Among other things, Halperin pointed to Mueller’s coordination with a long-time Trump antagonist, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. It was explained that the threat of state-level indictments can put extraordinary pressure on potential witnesses, since the president lacks the authority to pardon state crimes.
MARK HALPERIN: Mueller is a cyborg, with a head, a heart, and a brain. This is an opponent unlike Donald Trump has —
JOE SCARBOROUGH: [laughing] I’m sorry: say that, can you say that again? I like that.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Very good.
HALPERIN: He’s a cyborg who has a head, a heart, and a brain. He’s a relentless opponent.
And one of the underappreciated aspects of how he’s building this operation, I think, is his ability, because of his vast experience, to coordinate. He’s in sync with the congressional investigations. His investigators and members are not issuing immunity to witnesses or bringing up witnesses who will interfere with the case. He’s coordinating within the Justice Department and the FBI. You don’t hear any unhappiness coming from there.
And now he’s coordinating with another guy [New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman] with subpoena power, another guy who is fearless and not afraid of Donald Trump and a guy who can bring charges that the president can’t pardon for. None of this is an accident. We’re seeing through a glass darkly what this Mueller operation’s like. We see only a tiny bit of it but it’s clear from everything we see that there is a strategy here, there’s a fearlessness, and there’s a level of coordination that makes anyone trying to help the president on this be put in a very defensive position.
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