If the goal of the Dems in having Mueller to testify before the Judiciary Committee was to breathe life into the report, it was like asking ResusciAnnie to do CPR on the corpse of the Russian interference scandal. Don’t be looking for a fire storm of protest from across the nation as a result. Mueller was stiff, stumbling, stuttering, and peculiarly hard-of-hearing. It was singularly uninforming and uninteresting.
If the goal of the Dems in having Mueller to testify before the Judiciary Committee was to breathe life into the report, it was like asking ResusciAnnie to do CPR on the corpse of the Russian interference scandal. Don’t be looking for a fire storm of protest from across the nation as a result.Tweet
Let’s start by giving a link to the report for you yourself to download and read. I always thought the thing to do is to organize reading parties. Get some family and friends together and read the damn thing aloud. Have a little wine, some finger food, and some fun.
Mueller has always been something of an anathema to me. I know he’s supposed to be the starched-shirt, straight-shooter, tightly-clenched anus, but, ya know, there is a time for everyone to stand up and be counted even if you are limelight shy. If ever there were a moment in which someone needed to stand up and say impeach the corrupt lying compromised motherfucker, it is now. It is clear that no one is going to pass that particular turd and everyone is happy to continue sitting on that pot playing with themselves and each other.
What’s the opposite of a drama queen? I don’t know, but Mueller is the poster child of it. Mueller seemed to be passive-aggressively stalling for time. He asked for questions to be repeated repeatedly. He had trouble flipping through his copy of his report to find the passages being referred to. He insisted on flipping through his copy of the report and then saying, I stand by the report. And, then, he just allowed everything else to roll off his back. He wouldn’t even say that the remedy for Trump’s lawlessness is impeachment in Congress.
Mueller was not going to be budged off of his prosecutor’s seat and allow himself to stake out a claim on the health and well-being of the country. He just steadfastly deflected back to the report or said, I don’t agree with your characterization, especially with the Repubes trying to attack him and his investigative strategy and practice.
In this hearing, I though Rep. Lieu did the best job of walking Mueller through the Lewandowski obstruction incident of Trump instructing Session to (a) un-recuse himself, (b) limit Mueller to investigating future interference, and (c) if Session doesn’t, Lewandowski should fire him. He made the clearest case of obstruction by juxtaposing the three elements of obstruction with aspects of the incident. Mueller, while refusing to accede to his characterizations, seemed to me to smile ever so slightly as he did it. It must’ve been the lawyerly and prosecutarily method that Lieu used.
While Nadler started strong with getting Mueller to agree that the report did not find that there was no obstruction and exonerates Trump, it ended with a whimper. We know from the peak-end experience that this hearing made no difference in the country’s opinion. The only intensity involved is wholly rooted in the motivated reasoning of the listener and the ending played footsie with impeachment.
Rep. Escobar made a respectable run at getting Mueller to say impeachment, but the closest he came was saying, I think you mentioned at least one. She was coyly referring to the Constitutional remedies that Mueller referred to in his report about responding to the criminality or corruptness of a sitting president.
If the hearing was a rom-com, the leading roles had no chemistry between them. No one could believe that Mueller loved either the Dems or Repubes and certainly didn’t seem to throw one over for the other. In fact, it ended as if the Dems rushed in to interrupt Mueller’s wedding vows with the Repubes, Mueller winked but after a short tease, walked away from both.