CNN analyst Phil Mudd duked it out Thursday night with Don Lemon over whether or not former President Donald Trump should be tried for conspiracy charges in relation to Jan. 6.
Trump’s former attorney, John Eastman, allegedly told White House lawyer Eric Herschmann he didn’t care if challenging the election results could lead to violence.
Lemon asked Mudd whether he thought Trump knew the election wasn’t stolen but still chose to allegedly “accept violence.”
“Is it clear to you that Trump was also willing to accept violence to stay in power?” Lemon asked.
“Heck no,” Mudd responded. “There’s two questions here. There’s a question of whether I think the president did the right thing. No. There’s a question of what I think the Department of Justice will do.”
Mudd said it would be a bad idea for the Justice Department to go after Trump with conspiracy charges, which he noted is difficult to prove.
“If you don’t win that case at the back end … you’re perceived to be someone who is pursuing Donald Trump because you have partisan political interest,” Mudd said, to which Lemon said that Jan. 6 committee witnesses testified Trump’s inner circle told the president he lost the election.
“The president’s going to say ‘my advisers told me I won. I thought I won, that wasn’t a conspiracy,’” Mudd said.
That’s when the two began bickering.
This is an excerpt from the Daily Caller.