I don’t know where the expression that I used in my headline came from but from what I found it originated in “England, from around the year 1608, from a play called The Christmas Prince: … Laugh on laugh on my friend. He laugheth best that laugheth to the end.”
I’ve been using that phrase on my Republican friends and online adversaries lately. They have been gloating over yesterday’s Mueller hearing. They made it a game of Democrats v Republicans with the latter winning because there was no smoking gun.
We, political junkies, knew that Robert Mueller would not deviate from the report. Early on, Mr. Mueller refused to read from his report because he and his team knew the Dems wanted to get his voice for emphasis.
To be fair, even MSNBC and CNN hosts were saying that the Democrats didn’t get the smoking gun they needed.
Republicans were in lockstep in saying that Mueller was out of it and left out key exculpatory findings that would vindicate Trump.
There is that left side that wants impeachment yesterday is upset with Nancy Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi is a smart tough speaker who won’t start an impeachment inquiry or Articles of Impeachment without irrefutable rock-solid evidence that the president committed a high crime. That might come sooner than later; depending on court rulings that keep Don McGahn and Hope Hicks from testifying.
Bill Barr’s acquitting President Trump by using the president’s talking points “no collusion… no obstruction” cemented that picture into the public’s mind. Sometimes it‘s the first bite out the apple that wins the narrative.
I’m going to leave medical findings to the professionals but did Mueller’s health start deteriorating after his 7-minute announcement May 29,209; when he said he was retiring? He looked in good health when he spoke out about the report. I’ve seen politicians and officials use the four-corner stall, to use up a minute or two of a questioner’s five minutes. Got to admit that I thought every presidential nominee would have remembered who put them in office. As for Rod Rosenstein, I thought Mueller was being a little too coy in saying the standard “I don’t recall.”
I still have a lot of respect for Robert Mueller and hold him in high regard. He handed Congress an open book test in his 450-page report.
I realize that there are no principled Republicans in the Senate, so he will never be removed. I don’t see a realistic map of Democrats taking the Senate in 2020.
Politically, impeachment might be a losing proposition for Democrats. Trump will use his acquittal in the Senate as being vindicated of the witch hunt and his party will toe the company line.
I’m an institutionalist, so I think if Congress finds credible evidence of high crimes or misdemeanors; they should proceed with Articles of Impeachments and “let the chips fall where they may.” Robert Mueller said it best when he said: “I hope this is not the norm.” Can you imagine all the freedom it will give Trump? A couple of days ago, President Trump told a crowd of teenagers and young adults at the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit in Washington that the Constitution gives him “the right to do whatever I want.” I’m not an attorney but I would use those words as further proof that he obstructed justice.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said his office could bring Articles of Impeachment or an impeachment inquiry without House votes. That would give moderate Democrats cover in their district. I think Nancy Pelosi wants full responsibility whichever way it goes.
The republicans won’t admit it but if it wasn’t for Representative Will Hurd, no member of their party asked what could be done to prevent countries from interfering in our elections. That’s the one republican I wish was representing District 27. BTW you know you are a hard-core right-winger if you though Rep. Louie Gohmert was credible in yesterday’s hearing. It got him a spot on all the RW hate radio shows and possibly Fox News.
Evidently, it doesn’t matter if over 1,000 prosecutors (republicans and democrats) think if Trump was an ordinary citizen, he could be indicted for obstruction of justice, just from what is written in the Mueller report.
As always these are my views and my views alone.