Everyone is aflutter over Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House of Representatives tomorrow.
Have you been paying any attention at all? The man spent two years running the biggest special investigation since Iran Contra and not a single leak emerged. You now expect him to sing like a canary? Why?
The man is a lifelong Republican, apparently joining the Party as a young man when it still included some sane elected officials, so we perhaps should not put too much weight on that point. He served with distinction as a Marine officer in Vietnam. After J. Edgar Hoover, he has served the longest term as director of the FBI, under George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He has served multiple terms as a federal prosecutor.
He follows the rules.
Since the so called president would not know a rule if you hit him in the head with one, much less choose to follow any rule, one might argue that the only way to take him down is to ignore the rules as well.
Or, one could argue for a flight to quality — that, with a lawless president in office, we should hew ever more closely to the rules. That seems to be Mueller’s approach. As a sane, law abiding man, it is very hard to believe that he does not find Trump as offensive as other sane, law abiding persons do.
Of course, we yet have one critical rule that the House leadership inexplicably refuses to use.
In his public statement on May 29, announcing the closure of the special counsel’s office, he said:
The report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress. In addition, access to our underlying work product is being decided in a process that does not involve our office. So beyond what I have said here today and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department or Congress. [Emphasis added.]
Explaining why he chose not to charge the president with a crime, he also said:
- First, the opinion explicitly permits the investigation of a sitting President because it is important to preserve evidence while memories are fresh and documents are available. Among other things, that evidence could be used if there were co-conspirators who could now be charged.
- And second, the opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing. [Emphasis added.]
HINT! HINT! HINT!
Does the House leadership really not have a single lawyer working for them? Mueller’s is a lawyerly statement, but he is not the only lawyer on the planet. It is crystal clear to other lawyers. Just ask one to explain it.
Mueller has said all he plans to say.
A key part of what he said, in his characteristically lawyerly way, was: IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP.
It’s right there.
All this slavering over Mueller’s testimony is rank nonsense. It is just the House desperately trying to find yet another cheap excuse for not doing their job.
Nancy Pelosi is being a blithering idiot about this. She should hang her head in shame. The answer is blindingly obvious and if it were the proverbial snake, she would have multiple bites already. This is ridiculous.
Impeach Trump now.