President Donald Trump has been "vindicated in so many ways" by special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's election interference, but Democrats still have "fodder" to "continue to hammer" him, GOP political consultant Karl Rove said Thursday.
In an interview on Fox News' "The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino," Rove said "the administration has to recognize" Democrat attacks will focus on the 10 items of obstruction in the report.
"I think the dominant feeling [at the White House] is relief," he said, adding, however, "there'll be some apprehension in how they deal with the aftermath. The recognition is this is a great moment. The president has been vindicated in so many ways, but the 10 items of obstruction that are listed in [the Mueller report] will be providing food and fodder for the Democrats on the Hill to continue to hammer the president."
Rove said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who heads the House Judiciary Committee, will be leading the charge, though he said he doubted Nadler would move to impeach the president.
Others will, he warned.
"You'll have the hotdogs and lunatics and wannabes like [Democratic Rep.] Eric Swalwell of California say 'impeach,'" he said.
"I think the wise ones will sit back and say, like [Sen.] Bernie Sanders [I-Vt.] on Monday on the Fox Town Hall, [that] 'if we spend too much time trashing Trump, we Democrats will lose,' and not only sounds good but is accurate."
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