MSNBC came in for criticism on Sunday after reporter Mike Viqueira attempted to question special counsel Robert Mueller as he left Easter church services in Washington, D.C.
“Will you testify before Congress, sir? If he were anybody but the president, would Mr. Trump be indicted, sir?” Viqueira asked as Mueller struggled to get into his car. “Sir, why didn’t you make a recommendation to Congress one way or the other? Did the attorney general accurately characterize your positions on conspiracy and obstruction, sir?”
In response to each question, Mueller replied “no comment,” before heading into his car and driving away.
Mueller has almost never been heard from in any form during the course of his nearly two-year investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election.
The Mueller probe, which wrapped last week, found that there had been no organized collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and also declined to indict the president for obstruction of justice.
MSNBC’s man-on-the street style reporting on Sunday is more commonly found on celebrity websites like TMZ. And while the network may have been looking to burnish its “truth to power” credentials, the moment was panned online with many on the right and the left criticizing the aggressive approach taken just after church services — with some wondering why the left-wing media organization didn’t get in Mueller’s face before the conclusion of his investigation.
“It’s always a good look for a media outlet @MSNBC to go and ambush someone on his way to church especially Easter service,” Fox Nation host David Webb said in response to the video.
“This is probably not the best look,” noted author and liberal columnist Molly Jong-Fast.
“This is very gross. Don’t do this,” Vox senior correspondent German Lopez added.
Reps for MSNBC did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.
You can read more of the critics below.
– David Webb (@davidwebbshow) April 22, 2019
This is probably not the best look. https://t.co/ITn555Xqpw
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) April 21, 2019
This is painful to watch. https://t.co/0xPuUhwJIK
— Gabby Orr (@GabbyOrr_) April 22, 2019
Disgusting and rude. https://t.co/6pgKLggqYj
— Mary ⚾️???? (@mchastain81) April 21, 2019
lol clown. https://t.co/cvSyzWl8vy
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 21, 2019
This is very gross. Don't do this. https://t.co/rZJ5EZzhj8
— German Lopez (@germanrlopez) April 21, 2019
Ladies and gentlemen, our national news media https://t.co/Lq9e27bUaC
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 21, 2019
maybe we didn’t need to send the paparazzi after Robert Mueller on Easterpic.twitter.com/kpqHQzooGo
— Alex Thomas (@AlexThomasDC) April 21, 2019
Libs last week: [Wearing "It's Mueller Time" t-shirt and retweeting a Krassenstein brother] "Mueller is a hero and a patriot!!"
Libs this week: "Sir, why didn't you tell congress to impeach are you a Russian asset??!?!" https://t.co/Swm71O4M3H
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) April 21, 2019
MSNBC harassing people at church on Easter Sunday https://t.co/Zpg5E9bUaL
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 21, 2019