MSNBC host Chris Matthews accused President Trump of trying to intimidate former special counsel Robert Mueller before his testimony to Congress later in July. Matthews expressed his concern Tuesday night that Trump and a Republican "mob" will dig up dirt on Mueller and prevent his ability to "produce anything new."
Matthews said Trump's call for Mueller to stick to only what is in his report was intimidation. The 'Hardball' host also dismissed Peter Strzok as a "bad apple" and warned it could be an item the Republican "mob attack" focuses on.
"Well, meanwhile, in just over two weeks from now, former special counsel Robert Mueller will testify publicly in front of Congress, and today President Trump is warning Mueller to limit that testimony to what's in his actual report," Matthews said on MSNBC. "The president tweeted Robert Mueller is being asked to testify yet again. He said he could only stick to the report, and that is what he would and should and must do. The president seems to be really trying to intimidate him to stick to his brief."
"Meanwhile, your Republican colleagues on the other side of the aisle are clearly getting together a mob attack on this guy where they're going to go after him for the origin of the investigation," Matthews said. "They're going to go after him about Strzok, that bad apple in the FBI and his romantic relationship with somebody else, Lisa Page or whatever it was. They're going to go after all the misbehavior they can find."
"I'm more confident the president is going dig up dirt on Mueller than I am on Mueller's ability to produce anything new," Matthews concluded.