From the May 12 edition of CNN's At this Hour with Kate Bolduan:
KATE BOLDUAN (HOST): Phil, what's your reaction to this? I'm not asking you to get into the president's head here. What do you think is going on?
PHILIP MUDD: Please don't. Believe me, I know this is going to sound facetious. I'm breathing a sigh of relief. You can't take this seriously. You could have taken this seriously from President Bush or President Obama, from President Bush's father, from President Clinton. You can't take this seriously. You feel like you've got to give the president of the United States a pacifier and a rattle and put him in the crib. You're threatening the FBI, who's in the midst of an investigation of presidential aides? The FBI's been around since 1908. The president of the United States has been around for three and a half months. If you think you're going to intimidate the former FBI director and the dozens of people in the workforce who are conducting this investigation with the Department of Justice, you've got another thing coming. Anybody outside the Beltway, any everyday American who looks at this and takes in a breath and says I'm worried, I'd say, don't worry about it. This is a joke. And nobody in the investigation would take this seriously.