In a Monday show opener perhaps best described as subdued, Abby Huntsmanweighed in first, calling Barr’s letter a “big political win” for President Donald Trump.
“Obviously the big finding was that, no, there was no collusion between Trump — or any American for that matter — when it comes to colluding with Russia,” Huntsman said. “Which, I would say whether you like the president or you hate him, that’s something we should all be happy about.”
“I guess,” Joy Behar said. “Yeah.”
Still, Behar has questions on the attorney general taking Trump off the hook for obstruction — on which Mueller did not exonerate the president.
“Why did he — why did [Trump] keep his conversations with [Vladimir] Putin secret, for example?” Behar said. “What about what happened there? We still don’t know that. Why did he ask [James] Comey to go easy on [Michael] Flynn? Those are little questions that sound like obstruction to me. So I don’t buy that he’s completely exonerated, the way he just said.”
Sunny Hostin added, “I’m reluctant to talk about it all. Because we don’t know anything … Mueller issued 2800 subpoenas. He employed 19 lawyers. He was assisted by a team of 40 FBI agents. There were almost, I think, 100 people indicted. We’ve got a hundred cases that are pending. Many cases are still being handled by the southern district of New York, and we have not seen this report. So I think everybody needs to pump the brakes when we talk about this being a huge victory for this administration because there has been a complete lack of transparency here. So the suggestion somehow that this is over and there’s an exoneration, I really think we need to take a beat here.”
Meghan McCain, meanwhile, zeroed in on the press.
“I’m exhausted and exacerbated by media coverage of this because it was hyped so much,” McCain said.
So too, it seemed, was the rest of the View panel. In all, they debated for six minutes, then spent another eight discussing the fallout with ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, and then moved on to other topics.