Robert Mueller, the man who has the potential to confirm 45’s ”total exoneration,” and close the subject of Trussia forever, will have his chance to do so tomorrow when he testifies before Congress.
Will we hear him say the words— ”No, collusion! No, obstruction!”?
Someone is worried that we won’t.
idiot’s next tweet is about Hillary; I won’t post it.)
One would expect Trumplethinskin to be eager for the testimony as any innocent man, who didn’t collude or obstruct, would be. Instead, he’s been determined to silence the man who knows all.
Monday, Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinscheimer warned Mueller, in the letter below, to stay on script. One reason he gives for this order is that the information is protected by ”presidential communications privilege.”
”Presidential privilege” doesn’t apply to investigations into crimes committed by the president. If it did, that would give a lawless president the power of a dictator. A man put in office by a foreign adversary, guilty of high crimes, would untouchable. This is still a democracy, although barely.
Robert Mueller is no longer an employee of the DOJ, and as a private citizen, Bill Barr does not have the authority to restrain his testimony. Barr has refused to share with Congress information they need to proceed with their responsibilities, he has refused to comply with congressional subpoenas, and he’s instructed others, including Don McGahn and Hope Hicks, to ignore subpoenas as well.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) told CNN that Robert Mueller does not have to comply with the letter. He said it was arrogant of the DOJ to try to dictate what Mueller can and cannot say.
Arrogant, yes, but I think this goes beyond a breach in manners. This is another attempt to obstruct justice. Barr is as guilty as 45 is of that crime. In addition to his advice to others, not to comply with the investigation, he lied about the findings detailed in the report and refused to share the report with Congress until a majority of the public lost interest. To this day he has not given Congress an unredacted copy.
According to Rachel Maddow, Robert Mueller has decided to speak before he testifies tomorrow. I don’t know what that means, but I hope Mueller finds a way to convey his message more clearly this time. The last time he spoke, he said,” the report speaks for itself,” and ”the report is his testimony.”
That would be adequate, but the general public hasn’t read it. They need to hear Mueller speak, to be educated, to understand that Barr’s summary was false.
Those words did not have the desired effect. Mr. Mueller needs to be more direct. Hand puppets or illustrations might help. If presenting his report as an interpretive dance, or singing it while playing accordion, makes people listen, he needs to do it.
He must speak plainly, leaving no room for Barr to twist the meaning.
I refuse to get my hopes up again, we’ve had too many disappointments, but this must be the last excuse the House can use not to open impeachment inquiries.