Reliable Sources details how Mueller's Russia probe is expanding, even as Trump's defenders on Fox News claim it's "paper thin"
Natasha Bertrand: "It's astonishing that they're still saying that, even after 19 people have been charged with crimes, after five of them have pleaded guilty"
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From the March 4 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources:
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BRIAN STELTER (HOST): Robert Mueller's probe seems to be broadening in various countries and, at the same time, tightening in on members of President Trump's family. But the more Mueller discovers, the more Trump's TV boosters have to deny, deny, deny. The worse things look for Trump's inner circle, the worse the deflections get. For example, look at this new CNN poll. It finds that 61 percent of Americans believe the Russia investigation is a serious matter. But if you're watching Fox, you're hearing the opposite.
STELTER: Greg Gutfeld over at Fox claims nobody cares.
GREG GUTFELD (FOX HOST): Everybody wants this story to move on except for the people who don’t want it to move on, and it’s the election losers. But now, this is their Benghazi, right? It’s paper thin, but they’re clutching on it hard.
STELTER: I think that’s fascinating. “Paper thin?” Again, only if you’re not looking at the paper. The paper is piling up, Greg, in the form of indictments and subpoenas. This is just an incomplete list of what’s happened so far. Every day there’s new stories about what Mueller is finding, et cetera, et cetera.
STELTER: When you see someone like Greg Gutfeld saying, "It's a paper thin case," how do you react?
NATASHA BERTRAND: It's astonishing that they're still saying that, even after 19 people have been charged with crimes, after five of them have pleaded guilty. It's just -- it's very clear, as of right now anyway, that this is not just a witch hunt. And, actually, Robert Mueller made that clear a few weeks ago when he indicted 13 Russian nationals for their role in interfering in the election. That made it clear to everyone around Robert Mueller, even his critics, that he was not just going after the president. He was actually actively investigating Russia's election interference.