CNN's Jake Tapper Explains Why Pence's Call to End the Mueller Probe Isn't Just Ridiculous - It's Appalling

CNN's Jake Tapper opened his show Thursday by addressing Vice President Mike Pence's recent claim that special counsel Robert Mueller should wrap up his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election soon. In just under a minute, Tapper made it clear why this call — echoed by President Donald Trump and many of his supporters — is both absurd and a betrayal of the rule of law.

Tapper noted that the vice president has largely been hesitant to comment on the investigation up until recently.

"Now, Vice President Pence seems to possibly have taken on a different view, for the first time asserting that the investigation has gone on too long and it needs to end," Tapper said. "With nary a mention of the point of the investigation: To see if any Americans aided the Russian government in its attempt to interfere int he 2016 election. "

He continued: "Nor any mention, by Vice President Pence, of the five guilty pleas, one person sentenced, 23 defendants and 75 criminal charges in all Robert Mueller's investigation has yielded so far." 

Indeed, the president and his defenders almost exclusively talk about the probe as if it were only about getting to the president and not about uncovering serious criminal wrongdoing that undermined American democracy. The fact that they so easily wave away the serious effort to uncover these wrongs makes them look negligent in their duties — at best — to protect the country.

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