Former deputy independent counsel Sol Wisenberg said Thursday that Robert Mueller will likely get the "benefit of the doubt" that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was not afforded when it comes to potentially false testimony to Congress.
Speaking on "America's Newsroom," Wisenberg downplayed the idea that any legal action would be taken against the former special counsel over his testimony about so-called Internet "troll farms" being linked to the Russian government.
"Let's be real. There's never gonna be a criminal referral of Bob Mueller for that exchange, there's never going to be an indictment of Bob Mueller for that exchange. What I think is interesting is that we all give a person like Bob Mueller the benefit of the doubt in this situation, but isn't it interesting how no one gave Jeff Sessions the benefit of the doubt?" he asked.
Wisenberg said Sessions "misspoke" when, in a Senate hearing, he denied having contacts with Russians while he worked on the Trump campaign, prompting a perjury investigation.
The questions about Mueller's testimony stem from a federal judge's May 28 rebuke of Mueller and his team for possibly overstating the Russian government's connection to the troll farms. The following day, Mueller gave his first public press conference, and some Republicans alleged that it was a "clean-up effort" to back off the claims, Sandra Smith reported.
Under questioning by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., Mueller declined to comment on the matter and denied the two events were related.
McClintock said Mueller's court filings "left the clear impression" that the Russian government was directing the troll farms, but prosecutors failed to produce such evidence in court.
Wisenberg said there are "suspicious circumstances" surrounding the case, but stressed the high legal standard for bringing a case of perjury.