How Republicans Questioned Robert Mueller Should Terrify Us All

  

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Via:  ender  •  last year  •  144 comments

How Republicans Questioned Robert Mueller Should Terrify Us All
In this op-ed, writer Jenna Birch examines how Republicans questioned Robert Mueller during his congressional testimony on the investigation into President Donald Trump and Russian interference in the 2016 election .

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During his testimony to Congress on Wednesday, special counsel Robert Mueller faced attacks from Republicans attempting to bring his character into question by criticizing his team, his interpretations of the law, his findings, and his patriotism. One Republican congressman went so far as to call Mueller’s investigation and report “ un-American .” The day-long event made the special counsel’s weeks of reluctance to testify before the House fairly unsurprising. It also highlighted the depths Republicans would go to push their agenda.

Democrats used their time with Mueller to emphasize the report’s key findings, because President Donald Trump and other officials have tried to bury the truth. Trump has insisted he was “ totally exonerated ” by the Mueller report. Mueller himself directly contradicted that characterization of his findings in his testimony.

Republicans, on the other hand, created emotional diversions meant to undermine Mueller’s decisions on the job. These attacks included allegations that   his team was a biased group   of Democrats wanting to avenge Hillary Clinton’s election loss and that he chose to only include   the most negative information   about Trump.

Some Republicans yelled, like John Ratcliffe (R-TX), who emphatically   insisted that Mueller   managed to “violate every principle and the most sacred traditions” of prosecutors by even detailing potential evidence of obstruction crimes without the ability to bring a charge. Others pulled stunts, like Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) who brought out several thick   law books asking   Mueller why he said the report   didn’t exonerate Trump, when the special counsel doesn’t “have the power or authority to exonerate.”

The unsettling tactic has been used by Republicans before: Yell, scream, and rant about a person’s character to hide that person’s message. These politicians have an agenda of total conservative power. The way Republicans try to sow distrust threatens to undermine some of our longest-standing institutions, such as the FBI, Congress, and federally appointed officials like Mueller — institutions Americans should be able to trust.

This is not the first time we’ve seen ill-intended characterizations by the GOP. Republicans’ questioning of Mueller’s intentions is not far from the president’s insistence that “the Squad”  — first-term Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) — should “go back” to the countries from which they came. That statement attacked the representatives to undermine them and try to place them squarely against our country’s values and feed his supporters. Portraying the Squad as antagonistic foreigners in Congress only inflames a racist falsehood that Congress does not have the best interests of Americans in mind. It causes a portion of the country to fear diversity, instead of embrace it.

It’s the same kind of distrust Republicans want the public to have in the FBI and our federal officials. When Mueller was first chosen as special counsel, he was praised for his track record, experience, and the unbiased way in which he had always performed his jobs.  Mueller is  a former Marine with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart who served as FBI director for 12 years. He helped bring the country through the turmoil of 9/11 and served in government-appointed positions under both Democratic and Republican presidents. Despite his reputation, Republican Congress members criticized Mueller’s judgment, said he came up with “ creative ” legal analysis, and  called the whole investigation  a “spectacle” of “public theater.”

If there’s one truth Americans need to take away from Wednesday's testimony, it’s that Republican politicians’ portrayal of Mueller shows how low many in the party are willing to sink to keep the president in power and a conservative agenda in place. It also prompts a terrifying thought.

Mueller, who wrote nearly   450 pages   about his exhaustive investigation and saw   34 people   charged with crimes as a result of his efforts, did not have ulterior motives in his investigation or findings. GOP politicians are trying to twist your perception of the truth and blur the facts so you don’t quite get the whole story. And that tactic should scare everyone.

By  JENNA BIRCH

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images


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Ender
1  seeder  Ender    last year

The depths some will fall.

 
 
 
badfish
2  badfish    last year

Yeah, it was terrifying that the guy leading the special counsel didn't know anything about the investigation nor the report on the investigation.

 
 
 
Ender
2.1  seeder  Ender  replied to  badfish @2    last year

So he didn't know anything, uh huh...

This is the point of the article. You are just using character assassination.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.1  XDm9mm  replied to  Ender @2.1    last year
So he didn't know anything, uh huh...

Yeah, he didn't know anything.  Hell, he even went so far as to refuse to indicate who wrote his previous press conference speech....  not allowing post speech questions.

So, not knowing the SUBSTANCE of what he "reported" is character assassination now?

And not knowing what Fusion GPS is was quite telling.   Hell, he didn't even need to read the report to know that.  Just read the newspapers or watch any news broadcast related to the investigation anytime during the last two years and he would have had a clue.

 
 
 
badfish
2.1.2  badfish  replied to  Ender @2.1    last year
This is the point of the article. You are just using character assassination.

I watched, he looked like a real idiot. How do you not know who Glen Simpson is or fusion GPS?

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.3  seeder  Ender  replied to  badfish @2.1.2    last year

I mainly listened. He was given guidelines by the DOJ on what he can talk about.

So you actually think that he was appointed then sat back and did nothing?

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.4  seeder  Ender  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.1    last year

Mueller was not tasked in finding about about the origins of the dossier, nor any warrants nor the fisa court.

 
 
 
badfish
2.1.5  badfish  replied to  Ender @2.1.4    last year

As several former DOJ officials said last night on the tube, it's investigation 101 and they missed it.

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.6  seeder  Ender  replied to  badfish @2.1.5    last year
MUELLER: Well, as I--as I say, it's outside my purview and it's being handled in the department by others.

It is part of an ongoing investigation that the DOJ is right now perusing. He is not allowed to talk about it.

 
 
 
gooseisgone
2.1.7  gooseisgone  replied to  Ender @2.1.4    last year
Mueller was not tasked in finding about about the origins of the dossier, nor any warrants nor the fisa court.

He was tasked with finding any other crimes his investigation uncovered. Hell, I don't think he was tasked with finding obstruction.

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.8  seeder  Ender  replied to  gooseisgone @2.1.7    last year

He was still not tasked with delving into the fisa courts nor would there be any reason for him to do so.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
2.1.9  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Ender @2.1.6    last year
It is part of an ongoing investigation that the DOJ is right now perusing. He is not allowed to talk about it.

That did seem to come up a lot every time it looked like the Democrats would get to the core of possible criminal conduct. The counter intelligence investigation is still ongoing so I have to assume that's what he was referring to, which means this is by no means over. The truth will out, as they say, and I really doubt the truth, when exposed, will make Trump or his cohorts happy. I wouldn't be surprised if they are carted off in handcuffs after he leaves office and the Republican party does their best "Get behind me Satan! I never knew you! You duped we faithful, good, unsuspecting, righteous white Christian Americans into voting for you! How could you?! Have you no shame? And really, it's all Democrats fault for pushing us towards a lying populist who we thought was one of us! That's right, Trump is a horrible criminal and it's all Democrats fault that he became President!".

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.10  XDm9mm  replied to  Ender @2.1.4    last year
Mueller was not tasked in finding about about the origins of the dossier, nor any warrants nor the fisa court.

He didn't need to find out about any of that, but he should have at least KNOWN about them.  Where has he been for the last two years, Outer Mongolia?

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.12  seeder  Ender  replied to    last year

Why would he look at the warrants? He was looking at the trump campaign.

Even if he did, he couldn't talk about that or answer any questions about it.

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
2.1.13  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Ender @2.1    last year

 There is no character left to assassinate now.

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.14  seeder  Ender  replied to  Freedom Warrior @2.1.13    last year

Your comment is the epitome of what the article is about.

 
 
 
Ronin2
2.1.15  Ronin2  replied to  Ender @2.1.14    last year

If Mueller wanted to be unbiased he wouldn't have hired a team of Hillary and Obama sycophants to start with.

He damn well would have checked the legality of what he was asked to do. That includes finding out the Steele dossier was nothing more than a fake political hit job paid for by the Clinton campaign.

When even Strzok, said there was "no there, there." Mueller should have listened.

https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/435803-mueller-report-lessons-for-all-including-former-law-enforcement

Peter Strzok was right about one thing: It turns out  there was no there there .

He was locked on getting Trump for anything at all costs, period.  It shows by the charges against Trump administration, campaign officials, and those that worked for him on anything but conspiracy or collusion charges.

Want to explain why Mueller went to court unprepared against Russian bot companies? They weren't prepared; and looked like complete and utter asses. Then pulled the case as Russia was fishing for information. Made his team look like corrupt, morons, that couldn't follow our own laws.

Mueller didn't write the report, didn't read the report, and didn't have anything to do with the basic of the investigation from the way he was caught flat footed repeatedly.

The left needs to look up the definition of entrapment.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.16  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @2.1.12    last year
Even if he did, he couldn't talk about that or answer any questions about it.

Isn't a lot of what he can't talk about a matter of national security?

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
2.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  badfish @2    last year

I felt the same way watching the Democrat's witch with Brett Kavanaugh and the way the progressive liberal dems went after him like a pack of hungry rabid wolves...

 
 
 
Sunshine
3  Sunshine    last year

Nice try to turn the shit show put on by Democrats around to a hissy fit about Republicans.

Poor Mueller being picked on by Republicans....

384

 
 
 
Ender
3.1  seeder  Ender  replied to  Sunshine @3    last year

So you agree with the republicans grandstanding and calling it a partisan witch hunt, lying to the American people that it totally exonerated trump, saying that Mueller should be prosecuted...

The real shit show is the ones turning a blind eye and attacking anyone that goes against their narrative.

Your post has zero substance.

 
 
 
gooseisgone
3.1.1  gooseisgone  replied to  Ender @3.1    last year
the republicans grandstanding

Oh spare me, how many times did we hear "No One Should Be Above the Law".

 
 
 
Ender
3.1.2  seeder  Ender  replied to  gooseisgone @3.1.1    last year

Is saying that Mueller should be prosecuted following the law? It is partisan bullshit. The only ones trying to be above the law are the ones pushing for total exoneration.

The next Dem president that does the things trump is doing, I expect to not hear one word from the right. The door has been opened and is being held open.

 
 
 
Sunshine
3.1.3  Sunshine  replied to  Ender @3.1    last year
Your post has zero substance.

The comment is what the article merits.

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Ender
3.1.4  seeder  Ender  replied to  Sunshine @3.1.3    last year

Then why comment at all.

 
 
 
Sunshine
3.1.5  Sunshine  replied to  Ender @3.1.4    last year

Because I wanted to.

 
 
 
Ender
3.1.6  seeder  Ender  replied to  Sunshine @3.1.5    last year

And you were not denied. Even though the post had the consistency of one sticking their tongue out.

 
 
 
Sunshine
3.1.7  Sunshine  replied to  Ender @3.1.6    last year
And you were not denied. 

Denied what?

Even though the post had the consistency of one sticking their tongue out.

Seems to have you all upset to call bullshit on your whiney article.

 
 
 
Ender
3.1.8  seeder  Ender  replied to  Sunshine @3.1.7    last year

No, I am use to the bullshit that you spew.

Never any substance. Always shallow.

 
 
 
Sunshine
3.1.9  Sunshine  replied to  Ender @3.1.8    last year

Like this bullshit article.  Like I said, the article merits the comment.

 
 
 
Snuffy
4  Snuffy    last year

I had to go back and re-read the posted article for the seed. When I first read it I thought maybe it was from the Onion or Mad Magazine. I mean, considering how the Kavanaugh hearings went I thought a democrat lambasting anybody for creating emotional diversions meant to undermine just had to be writing for a satire article.

 
 
 
Ender
4.1  seeder  Ender  replied to  Snuffy @4    last year

Deflection.

 
 
 
Snuffy
4.1.1  Snuffy  replied to  Ender @4.1    last year

No more deflection than #3 above. And it responds directly to the seed, comedy for comedy.

 
 
 
Ender
4.1.2  seeder  Ender  replied to  Snuffy @4.1.1    last year

So instead of any kind of rebuttal, the rebuttal is dismissal.

Sad how far down the rabbit hole some willing fall.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
4.1.3  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Ender @4.1    last year

No, just plain fact. To the Dems, what was good for the goose was definitely not good for the gander.

 
 
 
Ender
4.1.4  seeder  Ender  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @4.1.3    last year

So same old, same old, and every side just keeps acting like assholes.

Great strategy...

 
 
 
MrFrost
7  MrFrost    last year

Most of the repubs asked non-sense questions and a few even tried to claim bias. Lesko did exactly that by saying that Mueller didn't reference fox news* as much as other outlets. 

And then of course, the bottom feeders couldn't resist deflecting when all else had failed.

512

 
 
 
cms5
8  cms5    last year
If there’s one truth Americans need to take away from Wednesday's testimony, it’s that Republican politicians’ portrayal of Mueller shows how low many in the party are willing to sink to keep the president in power and a conservative agenda in place. It also prompts a terrifying thought.
Mueller, who wrote nearly   450 pages   about his exhaustive investigation and saw   34 people   charged with crimes as a result of his efforts, did not have ulterior motives in his investigation or findings. GOP politicians are trying to twist your perception of the truth and blur the facts so you don’t quite get the whole story. And that tactic should scare everyone.

Actually, it was apparent that Mueller didn't write the report and that he delegated a good majority of the work to a team that definitely weren't Republican backers, nor did they want to see Trump come out of this without a thousand wounds and bruises.

Mueller isn't new to Washington and he knows what to expect at hearings. He wasn't ready...he didn't want to be there...tried telling everyone that the Report is his testimony. Nadler and Schiff wouldn't listen...they thought that Mueller testifying would be like the movie version of the book and sway those sitting on the impeachment fence into action. That didn't happen.

Nobody tried to 'twist' anything and facts don't 'blur'...the hearing was a dud. If you want someone to blame - look to the Chairman of these two committees.

 
 
 
MrFrost
8.1  MrFrost  replied to  cms5 @8    last year
Nobody tried to 'twist' anything and facts don't 'blur

So then you agree that trump DID obstruct justice? I mean, Mueller said that if donny wasn't the POTUS he would have charged him with a crime. 

 
 
 
cms5
8.1.1  cms5  replied to  MrFrost @8.1    last year

While Mueller might have agreed that he could 'charge' him with obstruction when he left office, proving obstruction beyond a reasonable doubt would be difficult at best.

 
 
 
Texan1211
8.1.3  Texan1211  replied to    last year

137 House Democrats appear to disagree with you.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
8.1.4  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Texan1211 @8.1.3    last year
137 House Democrats appear to disagree with you.

Not really, they are just making a political calculation on impeachment. They all know Trump did commit obstruction, they're just trying to figure out the best way to get the criminal out of office and with a delinquent Republican Senate, removing him though impeachment is nearly impossible. That means they are left with getting him out in the 2020 election even though they recognize we are being led by the most corrupt President in US history.

 
 
 
Texan1211
8.1.5  Texan1211  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @8.1.4    last year

Whatever gets you through a day, I suppose.

 
 
 
Texan1211
8.1.7  Texan1211  replied to    last year

Yeah, because no Democrat has had the courage of their convictions to bring the articles of impeachment up.

 
 
 
cms5
8.1.8  cms5  replied to    last year
Have you read Vol II?  It's pretty damning.

Yes, I have read the entire vol. Please, tell us all what is so damning in vol II.

 
 
 
1776  Traditional American
9  1776 Traditional American    last year

I’d like to take this moment to applaud jrSmiley_81_smiley_image.gif  the GOP members of those committees for how they handled the Mueller testimony and say bravo jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif  for their conduct and questions.  Well done. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
freepress
10  freepress    last year

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Trump hired many people who are in jail, pled guilty, and Republicans know there was foreign interference in our elections. The avoidance of dealing with that interference and pretending it never happened tells you they care nothing for the rule of law. 

They all sound like an old re-run of Nancy Grace or present idiotic notions like the cover of an old "National Enquirer" tabloid.

 
 
 
The Old Breed Marine
11  The Old Breed Marine    last year

I actually feel a little bit sorry for Mueller.

He's old, not entirely lucid, and he was used as a political pawn by the Left, and when he failed them, they decided to throw him under the bus. Their last ditch effort was this sham, made for TV testimony, hoping that somehow, he'd give them some talking points, to continue their ridiculous charade... he didn't.

Instead, he got chewed up, and spit out, by both parties.

Also, now I think we know why he didn't want to testify; He was a figurehead, and was in no real position to speak to his report.

At least, maybe now, they (The Left) will leave him alone and give him some peace.... he's suffered enough.

 
 
 
MrFrost
12  MrFrost    last year

Just as a reminder...

This investigation was started by a republican that was appointed by trump. 

Drop the "it's the dems" bullshit.. 

 
 
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