Her lips. God’s ears. Breath: not holding it.
Republicans will have a chance to redeem themselves this week after the farce they helped create: The special counsel investigation into alleged “collusion” between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Unfortunately, the giveaway is the “helped create” part.
When Mueller’s lengthy report was finished in March, it confirmed what a handful of independent observers—and the president—knew: There was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. But to divert from their failed mission and fuel the Democrats’ impeachment crusade, Mueller’s report outlined several instances of alleged obstruction of justice by the president.
House Democrats will hammer Mueller on the obstruction of justice section of the report, hoping for digestible soundbites to leverage in 2020. House Republicans need to follow their own script and resist playing into the Democrats’ hands.
Kelly is right about that. Where she’s going astray is with the assumption that it’s actually something they want to do.
There are plenty of questions that Republicans could ask Mueller to expose the roots of the fruitless inquiry and numerous flaws in the report.
Republican members, however, would be wise to focus on two key controversies: The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting and Trump’s alleged efforts to shut down the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. The media and the special counsel continue to mischaracterize those storylines, omitting crucial details and conflating separate circumstances to present an inaccurate depiction of both.
And they’re going to go right on with that approach, thanksverymuch, seeing as how A) the batshit-nuts Democrat-Socialist base actually believes all those lies, and B) at this point, they have to keep this rattling, wobbly strugglebuggy wheezing along because it’s all they really have. At least until the next cobbled-together Outrage!™ Of The Week comes along, anyway.
It’s impossible to gauge the price in terms of tax dollars, legal fees, professional reputations, personal well-being, political capital, and domestic strife inflicted by the Mueller investigation. But now Republicans can exact a small measure of retribution by discrediting the most controversial claims about both collusion and obstruction of justice. Democrats appear to be having second thoughts about Mueller’s public performance. Republicans should make them regret it.
Oh, would that they might do exactly that. Like I said: Julie’s lips, God’s ears. We can only hope He’s listening.
Update! Fix: in?
Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sounded the alarm on Tuesday and said that Mueller made last minute changes to put his chief of staff Aaron Zebley on the witness panel with Mueller.
Aaron Zebley, a close deputy to Mueller, worked on the obstruction of justice portion of the bogus Russia investigation — The DOJ a couple weeks ago quashed his testimony before the Dem-led House Committees so now Mueller is trying to sneak him in as a witness at the 11th hour.
According to reports, Mueller made the last minute request to swear-in his deputy to answer questions that Mueller couldn’t answer himself.
JIM JORDAN: Rumor is that Aaron Zebley (Mueller’s Chief of Staff) will be on the witness panel with Mueller. You don’t get to change the rules right before kickoff, especially after a 22 month, $30 million investigation.
Except when you do, apparently. Of course, this redundant “hearing” was never going to be anything more than a dog-and-pony circus anyway, just another slimy maneuver intended to keep Democrat-Socialist impeachment/coup hopes on life support—a “rigged witch hunt,” in Trump’s words, as the whole Russia-collusion hoax has been all along. No matter; admin attack dog Rudy Giuliani ain’t having any, bless him:
Trump Attorney Rudy Giuliani joined Sean Hannity on Tuesday night before Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress on Wednesday.
Rudy told Sean that he will expose the Intelligence Community’s attempt to frame Trump if this does not come out in the testimony and questioning on Wednesday.
“The real Russian story is that Mueller was a complete incompetent and he had a completely disgraceful set of prosecutors including Weissmann who has been proven to have basically gotten pretty close to suborning perjury at least three times including trying to get a Ukrainian oligarch to give false testimony and he’s been basically exposed by the guy’s lawyers in John Solomon’s column yesterday. That’s what’s gotta come out. What’s gotta come out is this was a plot. It was a counter intelligence plot that was conceived in Washington and played out by Ukraine, UK, Australia, Italy. They all cooperated to frame President Trump. They framed him! It was an attempt to stop him and then take him out of office. It is what we call a ‘frame-up’ in law enforcement. And it’s disgraceful and Mueller either knew about it or he’s so damn incompetent he didn’t know about it which maybe is even worse. And it should be exposed tomorrow and if it isn’t I’ll expose it the next day.”
Stick it to ’em, Rudy.