“I think around the planning and the practical aspects of what happened on January 6th, I don’t see that there’s criminality there, at least in what’s been offered,” Cuomo said on his new podcast “The Chris Cuomo Project.”
“My question is, are we really learning enough about what matters or is this starting to play like a gotcha game? Like the impeachment,” he continued. “Again, not that the issues that were involved in impeachment don’t matter, but you knew you were never gonna have the outcome. The argument was ‘Well, but this is what we have to do. This is our job.’ I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know that that kind of fermenting of tension, that kind of protracted process, when you know you weren’t gonna remove the president, was that really in America’s interest, certainly debatable, certainly debatable.”
Cuomo suggested that the entire investigation could end up just like the investigation into alleged Russian collusion, which turned out to be a dud for Democrats.
“The outcome was never going to be what was desired,” he said. “There’s no question, as with the Mueller probe, Trump and his cronies were doing bad things. Things they know they should not have been doing. And arguably that makes them lousy leaders.”
“But getting Trump for treason, why even go there? They go there because it fuels the fringe aspects of the party,” he continued. “Collusion with Russian operatives. Yes. Collusion is behavior. It’s not a crime. The crime is conspiracy and it’s a distinction with a difference and they were nowhere near it. And it wasn’t ever gonna be prosecuted.”
Cuomo’s new podcast comes as he also is getting a new primetime television show this fall on NewsNation, which aims to be politically neutral.
During an interview late last week with Bill Maher on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Cuomo blamed cable news watchers for the state of cable news.
“You can’t expect the men and women in the media to not play a game that everybody else is playing,” Cuomo said. “You are watching because the game, you are allowing yourself to be put on teams or in tribes or any way you want to designate it,” Cuomo added. “But they’re supposed to somehow break away from that when it’s what you want? When it’s what resonates with you? No.”