Everyone is waiting for tomorrow to see what Mueller will tell the House. I am going to say it will be nothing other than what has already been said verbally. No one is going to read the text version and see what was really said by Mueller. Only a few of us will and I have yet to find a place to place it in my bathroom.
In Michigan in May, Congressional Representative Justin Amash had a townhall in his district to explain why he called for the impeachment of DTrump. He did not call it to first explain why he supported Trump or to say I was mistaken in giving him my support since he took office. He absolved himself of the responsibility of doing so and he marched to the same tune as the rest of the House Republicans. Instead Justin arrived at his support of the impeachment of Trump after reading the 448 page Mueller report.
Setting politics aside many of us already knew Trump was not fit for office based upon his past, his actions, and his lies. We saw through Trump and recognized what he was. After reading Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by the president, Congressman Justin Amash finally saw the light.
As the Atlantic explains, one person in the crowd just found out.
“As far as she was aware, Trump had been totally exonerated.
Cathy Garnaat, ‘I was surprised to hear there was anything negative in the Mueller report at all about President Trump. I hadn’t heard that before. (A Republican who supported Amash and Trump, told NBC that night.) ‘I’ve mainly listened to conservative news and I hadn’t heard anything negative about that report, and President Trump has been exonerated.'”
I am not sure what Congressman Justin Amash’s excuse was for not knowing Trump was not fit (being kind here) for office. He could not see it himself and he marched right along with the rest of them until he was told by someone else Trump was unfit.
Tomorrow morning when Mueller is scheduled to testify publicly before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, Ms. Garnaat’s words will be worth considering as they represent a purposeful perception gap by the public. A tidy summary of how Americans may have navigated the time gap successfully between the 4-page Barr commentary on the Mueller report and the report itself. Her short statement underscores how successful Attorney General William Barr exploited the space of time between his release of the 448 page report as compared to his 4-page short brief of what the Mueller report said, harnessing the power of television to set his version of the narrative of the report, and knowing most people were unlikely to read it themselves and have that “aah huh” moment. Why read the book when one can read the cliff-notes? There is no test of citizenry knowledge of current events to be passed here.
The challenge faced by Democrats tomorrow’s attempt is to make Mueller’s words resonate more forcefully then Barr’s 4-page summary in an era defined by the brevity of the laws of entertainment. Mueller’s testimony if it does call out Trump may have missed the moment. Of course many of us claim, the moon landing was done in a Hollywood studio. Perhaps, I will be mistaken and much more will come out of this?
As far as Amash, he is saving his ass and he should have known better well before Mueller’s report.
Bill Barr Already Won The Atlantic, Elaina Plott, July 23, 2019
Agree completely. Total waste of time.
Impeachment is the only method for telling the story.
This is a mere sideshow.
Most people didn’t read the report. I did. If you did read the whole thing, it was hard to avoid the same conclusion that Amash came to.
There is not a Republican in Congress or on staff with Trump that does “not” know Trump was and is corrupt and corruptible. Amash used the report as a convenient exit.
Impeachment is the only way the investigation can continue in terms of forcing the Trump Organization to comply with turning over records, forced or nonforced. The problem is Democrats in majority, don’t want to bother.
I also read the report and it is beyond obvious trump committed crimes. Personally, I also think there is a very strong case that there was a conspriracy with the russians.
Lieu: “The reason again that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of OLC opinion stating you cannot indict a sitting president, correct?”
Mueller: “That is correct.”
Impeach now. And anyone who disagrees should be pushed out of their position. We have 16 months until the election. We need to provide Dem voters with stronger reasons to turn out. And we need to ignore this bs about “turning off independent voters” by impeaching trump.
Mainly because there are no such things as independent voters in any kind of meaningful numbers.
impeachment is likely to open issues of deep state coup attempted by Obama’s organization
attempting to get to the deep state is not discrediting Mueller any more than the coup associates deserve
there are many reasons for independents to shy away from the party whose “orange crook” screed hides democrats’ lack of principles or plans
You would be more factual to discussing the Rothchilds causing me to trash your commentary than pose this silliness which I intend to leave here. There was no deep state coup, deep state, or a lack of principles by Democrats. There have been innumerable lies and actions by Trump, his family, and Republicans to usurp the Constitution in numerous ways. His rein will end and the tables will reverse.
You must of known what would happen.
Congressman Justin Amash saw the light and changed course, changed course too late to be absolved of any duplicity in Trump’s malfeasance. You can not just back away from crime. The same holds true for the nay-saying actors at the hearing. They are culpable.
The public supporting Trump’s malfeasance are equally guilty of criminal activity. The public is not ready to declare Trump a criminal and will not do so until something horrific happens. Till then they will continue to deny.