Republicans react to special counsel appointment

Political analyst Matthew Dowd and GOP strategist Kristen Soltis Anderson discuss the mindset of Republican lawmakers as they deal with fallout from the Trump administration.
2:10 | 05/19/17

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from our chief political analyst Matthew dowd. GOP strategist Kristen Soltis Anderson and, Matt, let me begin with you and start out with this appointment of Robert Mueller for the white house on the one hand it gives him a place to put all the questions, now the special counsel is dealing with it and special counsels hard to know where they'll stop. Look at it broadly. Any time one is appointed a white house can't be happy with it. I think in a very, very short term it's good news for the white house because it isolates the problem as you say and fixes on one small bucket. The bigger problem in the long term like a tree and you think it's Russia and start digging. There is a system that will go throughout it and can go any direction that Robert Mueller wants to take it. One thing we saw, Republicans didn't know exactly how to handle it. For the first time they were silent when big news came from the white house. That's right and I think in start it's because you have a lot of Republicans who don't know how their constituents are responding to this. A lot of these members going to town halls, hearing a lot of anger from frustrated folks and not quite sure how close they want to stay with Donald Trump especially if this begins to go south. Next big public move could be -- depends if James Comey ever gets back. We saw the president go out with a flat denial saying he never did anything to ask him to pull back. How Comey responds will be such a dramatic and consequential moment. In the waterbate hearings, every time somebody testifies it makes it more problematic. We know James Comey kept diligent notes on every single one of his these meetings. The white house can't be please on Ito of these fronts, in the congress or special precipitation that James Comey will be front and center in both of those realms. "The Maddie diaries," Kristen Soltis Anderson, much more Sunday on "This week" including with H.R. Mcmaster from Saudi Arabia. The other big story,

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