Those who care about the rule of law should stop buying the Fox News angle that Robert Mueller’s appearance before two congressional panels was, as at least one progressive and sympathetic commentator said, “a disaster.”
Americans shouldn’t give a rodent’s rear-end that Mueller “looked old,” that occasionally he “fumbled” for answers from all those 400-plus pages of reportage.
What possible difference does that make?
It only matters in advancing the frantic, Fox-ified campaign to discredit the investigation that a Republican attorney general assigned Mueller to do.
Bob Mueller isn’t the subject of this inquiry. The fabulist in the White House is.
Mueller fumbled a time or two. So recorded. He held firm, however, on questions about the crimes in question.
Per Trump’s cheerleading of Wikileaks, which Mueller described as a “hostile intelligence service,” Mueller said, “Problematic is an understatement . . . in terms of giving some hope or some boost to what is and should be illegal activity.”
It was fascinating when Republicans tried the mind trick of saying Mueller is in no position to exonerate Trump of anything. Do tell.
Mueller didn’t introduce “exoneration” into the discussion. The liar in the White House did — and has repeated it over and over.
So when asked if his investigation exonerated Donald Trump, Mueller’s answer: “That is not what the report said.”
That doesn’t sound like a fumble.
Mueller clearly implied that without the handcuffs applied by an Office of Legal Counsel finding — that a sitting president can’t be indicted — he would have pressed for just that on multiple counts of obstruction.
So doing, Mueller said Attorney General William Barr lied. Barr said the absence of indictments was based on the lack of evidence and not constraints placed on Mueller by the department.
Republicans did a smashing job of trying to make the hearings about Mueller, but one of the key moments came when Republican Ken Buck of Colorado managed to get Mueller to assert that, yes,