If the point of Mueller’s testimony was to prove that Trump is an unethical asshole, great. I’m sure you found his testimony to be worth it.
However, that’s not what Mueller was appointed Special Counsel to do an “investigation” on. He was appointed to investigate Russian GOVERNMENT interference in the 2016 election. (Kindly note that this should have completely eliminated anything that occurred AFTER the election, while his report is nearly 1/4 refers to events after the election was over.)
His testimony went exactly the way I expected and openly predicted it would. He referred back to his report with nearly every response. “That’s included in the report.” He had to do this because of the decision by a federal judge that he could not refer to a Russian internet advertising agency as being part of or attached to the Russian government. Yes, you can call it a troll farm if you like but then you have to compare it to the behavior of American advertising agencies who act in very similar ways. I hate all of them, so I don’t care what term you use.
Most of the Democrat “questions” were yes or no vague questions or fawning praise of Mueller over nothing.
Mueller made such vague statements as saying Trump could be indicted after he leaves office. Let me once again clarify that an indictment is an accusation, not a conviction. As one NY state prosecutor once said, “I could indict a ham sandwich.” His meaning was that an indictment means exactly nothing. With our grand jury system (reference Chelsea Manning’s statements on that), anyone can be indicted at any time for any thing. So Mueller’s statement means nothing.
According to a count by NBC, Mueller diverted or refused to answer questions a whopping 198 times. Keep in mind that NBC is the most hyped-up Russiagate propaganda farm you can imagine. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has devoted nearly every minute of every show for nearly three years to spinning this poorly spun fiction.
One thing he absolutely refused to answer was why he did not indict or charge specific people, like the professor which the source of the claims against Papadopoulos, which was prominent in the Mueller report. Steele Dossier? Refused to answer.
Mueller repeatedly claimed that issues with his report were “not in his purview”. Yes, it was all absolutely in the purview of his “investigation”. If it was included in his report, it was his responsibility to look into the accuracy of what was presented in that report! If you were being investigated for murder, would it not be the responsibility of the investigator to look into the accuracy of the witness’s statements? That’s part of the damn judicial process!!!
Some people are claiming that the line of “questioning” (mostly soap boxing propaganda) by Adam (pile of) Schiff actually means something. Listen to it again if you need to. It is nothing but vague supposition and innuendo. It contains no specifics in the questioning or answers. It appears pre-planned and staged. It is nothing but a string of “if”, “could”, “would this be acceptable” statements.
Mueller also referred to the Office of Legal Counsel determination that a sitting president could not be charged with a crime, inferring but not stating that was why he did not charge Trump with a crime. Later in the day he recanted that and referred back to his report and May 29th statement, saying he never came to the determination whether Trump did or did not commit a crime. So, he spent two years coming to the determination to not come to a determination. No, it was not his job to charge Trump with a crime but it WAS his job to determine of a crime had been committed. What that amounts to is Mueller saying he did not do the one single thing he was supposed to do- make a decision!
For what was displayed today, we did not need a two year, $30 million (very conservative estimate) “investigation” which revealed nothing but standard DC corruption, mostly relating to Israel, Ukraine, Turkey and tax evasion.
Do we need to eliminate foreign money and influence in our elections and which influence elected officials? Yes. Let’s talk about AIPAC. Let’s talk about the Clinton Global Initiative, which raked in $billions while HRC was SoS and while she was running for office. Let’s talk about Uranium One, which Mueller himself approved the “intelligence” on, which HRC approved and where Bill got paid $500,000 for a speech to a Russian investment agency.
Do we need to eliminate foreign influence in our government in general? Absolutely. See the above. We also need to eliminate corporate money in our government. We also need to stop screwing with the governments and societies of other nations, which means shutting down most of the CIA. We need federally funded elections with equal funding for the top 4 parties. We need to eliminate corporate PACs. We need to make corporate lobbying a criminal offense with mandatory prison time. We need paper ballots. We need Ranked Choice Voting. We need open primaries and open debates. We need to execute.. okay, eliminate superdelegates.
What we do not need is Mueller and this Russia garbage. Like it or not, this is the end of Muellergate and all of Russiagate. Not a doubt you will keep hearing about it for a few days but resign yourself to this being over.
Now, can we get back to discussing actual issues and policies? You can absolutely doubt that because it’s not going to happen.