Maggie Haberman, CNN's political analyst, gave an unexpected rebuttal to those on the left who were outraged over subpoenas being disregarded by members of the Trump administration.
Haberman told CNN hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota who were criticizing U.S. Attorney General William Barr that, "this president is not novel in certain ways."
"There has been an erosion of norms, of certain institutions going back for some time, I know there's been a lot of talk about responding to congressional subpoenas," Haberman explained.
"Eric Holder didn't respond to a congressional subpoena," the political analyst pointed out, "and I don't seem to recall the same level of anger around it on the left, as there has been around what's been going on right now with the Trump administration."
Haberman concluded "And those are not grand jury subpoenas, but I don't think the president does anything in a new way, he does do it in a more extreme way, and that is what you're seeing here."
Haberman also emphasized Mueller's address to the media about his report and how it likely "spooked" President Donald Trump because it was done in his "public relations language."
“Remember, the president interprets the world through television,” Haberman remarked Friday on CNN’s New Day program. “Mueller had not appeared on TV, talking about the report, so it caught the White House’s attention in a big way. Mueller stood there very clearly and said he couldn’t say the president didn’t commit a crime.” she added.
Haberman implied that Attorney General William Barr’s president-friendly version of the Mueller report in mid-April — which was also televised — had relieved President Trump’s worries about the investigation.
CNN host Alisyn Camerota responded to Haberman saying, “Mueller didn’t say anything that dramatic that wasn’t in the report. But somehow, it seemed to have angered the president.”
Haberman answered “Do you think the president has read the report? Because I do not.”
Haberman then suggested that, for Trump, watching Mueller’s commentaries on TV — and “interpreting everything through the screen ... in front of him” had “much more resonance than almost anything else that has happened.”