Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said Friday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's rare public criticism of the Obama administration was a "soft" way of accusing the previous administration of covering up Russia's attempts at hacking the 2016 presidential election.
While speaking Thursday in New York at the Public Servants Dinner of the Armenian Bar Association, Rosenstein said that the Obama administration "chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls and how they relate to Russia's broader strategy to undermine America."
During an appearance on "America's Newsroom" Friday morning, Huckabee called the comments an "unusually candid moment for Rosenstein."
"I thought it was a soft way of him saying there was a cover-up," Huckabee said. "They knew the Russians were attempting to influence the election and attempting to hack the election but they didn't fully disclose that to the American people and certainly didn't disclose it to the Trump campaign.
"Instead they tried to set a trap for them. It failed. The Trump team did not take the bait. And that's the one conclusion that we can certainly come away with from the $35 million worth of investigation," Huckabee continued.
Next week, Attorney General William Barr will testify before Congress and is expected to answer questions about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of President Trump, which found that there was not adequate evidence to conclude that President Trump and his administration colluded with Russia, though the president could not be exonerated in terms of the possibility that he obstructed justice.
Barr will testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee next Wednesday and to the House Judiciary Committee the following day.
"It is going to be a theater, an absolute show," Huckabee said of the hearings. "Just like the Kavanaugh hearings were and like everything else is in Congress. We ought to close the curtain on them and can't come back until after the election. They aren't doing their job anyway. We aren't paying them because they're doing a wonderful service to the country and spare us the hypocrisy of thinking they're interested in getting to the bottom of the facts," he continued.
Ultimately, Huckabee argued, if Americans "took their partisan hats off," they would see that President Trump was exonerated by the investigation.