CNN's Jake Tapper calls out conservative media for attacking Robert Mueller after once praising him
Tapper: Pro-Trump conservative pundits "were busy out there trying to undercut a man today with an impeccable reputation for integrity"
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From the June 12 edition of CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper:
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JAKE TAPPER (HOST): Now, the White House might say this is just a display of focus, and loyalty, and positivity, but critics suggested that the fealty display today was sycophantic and not-a-little disturbing. Either way, the backdrop of the Russia investigation made the scene all the more stark and surreal while other supporters of the president in the world of conservative punditry were busy out there trying to undercut a man today with an impeccable reputation for integrity, Robert Mueller -- a decorated Marine who served in Vietnam, former U.S. attourney, longserving FBI director, currently the special council heading up the Russia investigation -- with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tweeting, quote, "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he's hiring. Check FEC reports. Time to rethink."
What a difference a month makes. Back then, Gingrich said, quote, "Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down." Fellow conservatives Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, and others also beginning to question Mueller and his investigation and his integrity for any number of reasons, perhaps belying the positive vibes that we saw in the cabinet room earlier today.