Robert Mueller testifies before the House tomorrow. The $1 question I would ask him is:
You did not make a determination on obstruction of justice. Did you expect the Justice Department or Congress to make that determination?
I think Congress should have done it but Barr stepped and cleared Trump. Mueller has played by traditional norms but this has been a failure since Trump and the Republicans have not. They have lied about the report and distorted the conclusions and Mueller has done little to correct them. Barr got his message out before the redacted report was released and Republicans have won the message war so far.
Mueller should have realized that very few people would read a 400 page report. Instead, partisans of both sides are primarily relying on interpretations made by others. It will be good for the report to be discussed in public. Maybe this will increase public sentiment for impeachment hearings. It would be disgraceful if Trump suffers no consequences for what I believe is criminal behavior.
Trump and Barr have totally outmaneuvered Mueller. They have lied and distorted his findings and he only objected behind the scenes until last week. His brief public statement was unsatisfactory. He was way too polite and not very blunt. He expects people to read his report – that’s not realistic. It’s over 400 pages. He allowed Trump and Barr to set the narrative and there are now millions of Trump cult members who believe Trump is innocent. I don’t blame Mueller for not wanting to make this political but it’s too late. Trump and Barr already have. Now, Mueller must answer questions in public.
Why lie if you’re innocent?
It appears he still accepts Putin’s word instead of the word of our intelligence agencies. What does Russia have on Trump?
He represents Trump, not the country. He should not be attorney general.
However, the poll shows the public is also opposed to impeachment. I don’t want impeachment because I want indictments. Trump must be held accountable. Impeachment will fail in the Senate because Republicans have no interest in enforcing the law. They only care what the Trump cult thinks.
However, if Trump and his staff don’t respond to subpoenas, we may have to up the ante by going to impeachment.