Thursday, July 25, 2019

Russiagate Muellermas Epiphany

Yesterday I wondered whether someone would get the shiny new Red Ryder BB gun, and someone would get the lump of coal, or whether both sides would get Slinkys.

What I saw yesterday (I managed the morning hearings intact, but the dog walk brought me back to the afternoon hearing about half way through), was an old man, probably hard of hearing, a little slow on the comprehension of questions, and with little command of the report he had nominally written. It certainly added weight to the charge that he was not really the person in charge of the investigation, and he admitted that "day to day" running of the team fell largely on his aide-de-camp Aaron Zebley, he who had defended the Clinton aide who destroyed computers and cell phones. He relied heavily on the "not in my purview" dodge, using it to deflect any questions regarding the origin of the investigation from Republicans, and agreed generally with any Democrat who read portions of his testimony damning to Trump, but, I think pointedly, declined to read passages himself, to avoid giving them soundbites for their campaign ads. His only really animated moments were when he defended his team from charges of bias. He didn't ask if they were Democrats when they hired him. He already knew. He also refused to be drawn into an conclusions about obstruction of justice charges. Democrats tried particularly hard in the case of McGahn allegedly being told to fire Mueller, perhaps an attempt to bait him into life.

The reviews suggest Democrats got the lump of coal. Republicans may have got Slinkys.

Just A few links . . .

Mueller Hearing a Democrat Debacle : The Other McCain

Ace of Spades HQ Mueller: "I'm not prepared to have a legal discussion"

Ace of Spades HQ And Now... The Downfall Parody, the Mueller Front (Man) Edition

Ace of Spades HQ Mueller Panel 2 Round 2; When Mueller Is Asked Directly If His Office Leaked the Timing of the FBI Black-Ops Raid on Roger Stone, Mueller Answers "I can't speak to that"

Ratcliffe to Mueller: Who said it was your job to declare non-exonerations? Update: Mueller "not familiar" with Fusion GPS?

Jordan to Mueller: Why wasn't Joseph Mifsud charged with obstruction?

Welcome to ... Mueller-Zebley hearing day? Update: Mueller says no revisiting obstruction decisions

Chris Wallace: Mueller Hearing Is 'a Disaster' for Democrats and Mueller

NBC's Chuck Todd on Mueller Hearing: 'Narrative Nightmares for Democrats' | Breitbart

ABC's Moran: 'Impeachment's Over' | Breitbart

David Axelrod: Robert Mueller Not as “Sharp” as He Used to Be

Robert Mueller's day of disappointments for Democrats

Robert Mueller Says No Obstruction: He Was Not Hindered

Senior Democrat: Mueller is ‘losing his faculties' | Spectator USA

Mueller Testimony: How Bill Barr Outplayed Robert Mueller - Bloomberg

Chris Wallace: Mueller Hearing Has Been A "Disaster" For Democrats, Reputation Of Robert Mueller | Video | RealClearPolitics

Gohmert Blasts Mueller: 'Strzok Hated Trump, You Didn’t Know That?'

Turley on Mueller Testimony: 'The Most Newsy Thing That Came Out' Was That Rep. Lesko Can Get Cheap Cable | Breitbart

Robert Mueller: Democrats' Collusion with Russia 'Outside My Purview'

Robert Mueller: James Comey and I Were Friends

Robert Mueller Caught Contradicting His Report in Testimony to Congress | Breitbart

Ratcliffe Slams Mueller for Violating Trump's Presumption of Innocence

Matt Drudge on 'Dazed' Mueller: 'Drug Test Everyone in Washington!'

74% of College Students Believe Trump Should Face a Second Mueller Investigation | Breitbart

Mueller: Trump Could Be Charged with Obstruction of Justice After Leaving Office | Breitbart

Robert Mueller Was Not Interested in Serving as the Democrats’ Performing Monkey, and It Showed –

WOMP WOMP! CNN panelists agree House Dems’ attempts to take down Trump have been a ‘wall-to-wall failure’ –

Trey Gowdy: The person who learned the most about the Mueller report today was Bob Mueller | Fox News Video

POLITICO on Twitter: "This exchange between Rep. Steve Chabot and Robert Mueller raised eyebrows in our live chat. “If Mueller doesn't know who Fusion GPS is, this could be a long hearing,” said reporter @joshgerstein. Live analysis:…"

Mueller’s greatest failing is Trump’s greatest triumph - The Washington Post

‘A lack of urgency’: Democrats frustrated as House investigators struggle to unearth major revelations about Trump - The Washington Post

Mueller answers Trump taunts in testimony unlikely to change the political dynamic - The Washington Post

On Mueller’s final day on the national stage, a halting, faltering performance - The Washington Post

Democrats are now left with one option to end Trump’s presidency: The 2020 election - The Washington Post

The real bombshell in Mueller’s testimony wasn’t about impeaching Trump - The Washington Post

The Mueller bombshell that wasn’t - The Washington Post

So this is why Mueller didn’t want to testify - The Washington Post

Todd calls Mueller hearing an optics disaster for Democrats | TheHill

Ken Starr: Mueller has done a 'grave disservice to our country' | Fox News Video

The painful, pointless testimony of Robert S. Mueller III | Spectator USA

CNN Throws In the Towel, Calls the Mueller Hearing for Trump

Mueller's stumbling responses during blockbuster hearing leave social media concerned | Daily Mail Online

Twitter Mocks Robert Mueller For Not Knowing Fusion GPS

Mark Meadows on Twitter: "Wow from @RepArmstrongND. “When did you learn one of your top attorneys, Andrew Weissmann, attended Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election night party?” Mueller: “I’m not sure.” Armstrong: “Isn’t that a conflict of interest?” Mueller: “I’m not going to answer that.”"

Laurence Tribe on Twitter: "Much as I hate to say it, this morning’s hearing was a disaster. Far from breathing life into his damning report, the tired Robert Mueller sucked the life out of it. The effort to save democracy and the rule of law from this lawless president has been set back, not advanced."

Ace of Spades HQ Reactions to Rip Van Mueller's Selectively-Amnesiac "Testimony"

JustOneMinute: Mueller Time!

These Questions for Mueller Show Why Russiagate Was Never the Answer | The Nation

Mueller “was not about finding the truth” | Catallaxy Files

EBL: Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66: Fool On The Hill

Mueller Time: Former Special Counsel Testifies About Trump, Russia Investigation - Live BlogOops! Jeffries attempt to "indict" Trump backfires

Nancy Pelosi Releases “Mueller Blitz” Designated Talking Points (Document pdf)… | The Last Refuge

As #MuellerHearings continue, Joe Scarborough seeks forgiveness ‘for ever being a Republican’ –

And there was even some Russiagate material not directly involved in the Mueller hearings:

Robert Mueller soon may be exposed as the 'magician of omission' on Russia | TheHill

Fox News to Air Fake Republican Group's Pro-Mueller Ad. | Human Events

Theo Spark: COMEY: Mother------ is only half-a-word.........from Rico

Michael Flynn’s former business partner Bijan Rafiekian convicted of illegal lobbying - The Washington Post

FISA Applications Reveal More Mysteries About Joseph Mifsud

Doug Ross @ Journal: Larwyn's Linx: On Eve of Testimony, James Comey Peddling Falsehoods with 'Questions' for Mueller

Revealed: It Looks Like Former FBI Chief Had A Spy Within The Trump White House

Trump sues to block House from getting his New York state tax returns - The Washington Post

The administration’s last-minute attempt to bully Mueller is offensive - The Washington Post

Trump says Constitution gives him power to ‘do whatever I want’ - The Washington Post

Thread by @Avery1776: "1/What are the odds of this charity partnering with Link campus to create a think tank that chooses Mifsud as its first director? @BenKTallm […]" #KhashoggiKoolAid

Republicans tune out Robert Mueller - POLITICO

In The Mailbox: 07.24.19 (Morning Edition) : The Other McCain

Comey's Cyber Spy in White House Stole Classified White House Material -- Is Now Working for CNN

The real foreign election collusion - Maggie's Farm

Nicolle Wallace: A Reporter Might Be Jailed During Trump's Second Term

Here we go: Dems heard months ago that Mueller might not be "up to" testifying, says Politico

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