Mueller appears before Congress

July 25, 2019

I predicted that the Democrats hoped-for Mueller hearing bombshell would be a wet firecracker, and boy, was I right.  But I never imagined that even a wet firecracker could somehow blow up in their faces. 

The Dems on the Committees hoped that Mueller would help breathe new life into their groundless demands to impeach the President that went on life support after the Mueller Report came out.  Instead, Wednesday’s hearings in effect pulled the plug and signed a “Do not resuscitate” order. 

In fact, it was so sad, one could almost feel sorry for Mueller, looking at times as lost and bewildered as your grandpa at Comic Con – until you remember what his investigation put this nation through for over two years, and how his failure to declare it over when he knew it was groundless and letting it drag out past the 2018 election helped give us AOC and her ilk.  There have been numerous comparisons to “The Wizard of Oz,” where the curtain is finally pulled back and the great and powerful Oz is revealed to be a befuddled old man, frantically pulling levers that generate smoke and illusions. 

Committee Republicans bore down on the report’s bias and questionable findings and sources.  In between Mueller’s countless attempts to dodge questions, they managed to reveal that Mueller apparently exerted little control over his band of rabid anti-Trump partisans (it’s now even more likely that notoriously unethical Hillary supporter Andrew Weissmann was really in charge), that he wasn’t even present for most of the interviews, that he claims not to know what Fusion GPS is (the political oppo research firm behind the “Russian dossier” that started his own investigation) or a number of other things that are in his own report, and that he was never obstructed in any way. 

Speaking of “obstruction,” the last thin reed to which Democrats are clinging, Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko pointed out that the second volume of the report, which concentrates on potential obstruction, cited as “sources” over 200 media stories, mostly by biased left-wing outlets such as the New York Times. She said there was nothing in it she couldn’t have gleaned from a $50-a-month cable subscription, but it cost the taxpayers $25 million.  

https://www.westernjournal.com/lesko-shreds-mueller-reports-reliance-media-almost-nothing-vol-2-couldnt-hear-cable-news/

Another great comment came from Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who said the House was holding hearings about a report that’s already out and that everyone already read about a crime that never existed. 

For a brief moment, the Democrats thought they’d managed to score a point when Mueller contradicted his previous statements and said the reason he hadn’t indicted Trump was the Office of Legal Counsel’s longstanding precedent that a sitting President can’t be indicted.  But at the start of the second half of his testimony, Mueller corrected himself, saying, “That is not the correct way to say it. As we say in the report and as I said at the opening, we did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mueller-issues-clarification-takes-back-bombshell-statement-about-indicting-trump

And that brings us to possibly the most important moment of the hearings, when Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, a former US Attorney, made the point that there is nothing in the law about an investigator being required to “exonerate” the subject of an investigation.  Every American has the presumption of innocence, and if there’s not enough (or any) evidence of a crime, then that person remains “presumed innocent.”  Ratcliffe asked Mueller if he could name any other President in history who had been held to the same standard as Trump, with a special counsel creating a cloud of suspicion of possible criminality just because he didn’t determine Trump’s innocence and “exonerate” him. 

In one of the most chilling, but revealing, comments of the day, Mueller replied, “I cannot but this is a unique situation." 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mueller-issues-clarification-takes-back-bombshell-statement-about-indicting-trump

No, under the law, there are no “unique situations” that allow a prosecutor to deny a US citizen the basic right of presumption of innocence, or that allow prosecutors to suggest someone is guilty with no evidence just because they didn’t “prove him innocent.”  As Ratcliffe put it so well, nobody is saying Trump should be above the law, but “he d*** sure should not be below the law.”   

This entire fiasco is below the law, and beneath the dignity of a great nation.  For over two years, important issues have been ignored, friendships have been torn asunder, public discourse has been poisoned, suspicion of our elections has run riot, and $30 million of taxpayer money has been wasted on a biased, pointless, apparently rudderless, often lawless investigation into a crime that never happened, based on a hoax ginned up by sleaze merchants who were ignored by the prosecutors while they pursued the victims. 

And all because Hillary Clinton and her supporters just couldn’t accept that the voters refused to ratify her lifelong belief that she had a divine right to be our ruler. 

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  • Linda Olds

    07/27/2019 07:01 PM

    Great article and comments.
    But I, and others, are wondering when Mr. Barr and his colleagues will start coming out with the evidence of the wrongdoing by the DNC, Hillary, Comey, etc.
    Some people are even saying that the country has had enough of investigations, so they shouldn't 'investigate the investigators'. That's a terrible idea. America needs to know what's been going on, and some people need to go to prison. Others need to be voted out of office.
    SOON!

  • Mitzi Cole

    07/26/2019 11:57 AM

    Mr. Mueller seemed to fade in and out depending on who was questioning him. He certainly perked up when Rep. Cline was making his remarks about Andrew Weissmann's prosecutorial misconduct. I have no sympathy for Mr. Mueller.

  • Jan Wilczynski

    07/26/2019 07:38 AM

    This article Shepard Smith should read 10 times

  • Kenneth Brack

    07/26/2019 04:10 AM

    I hear that Nadler is continuing the persecution of the President and his family with the subpoena power, demanding even the personal emails of the President's daughter and her husband. Former President Eisenhower put a stop to the persecution of innocent persons by Senator Joseph McCarthy by refusing to enforce any subpoena issued by that corrupt politician. It's time President Trump did the same. I believe the American people have had enough of this investigation atrocity and will guard the President's back.

  • Daniel Huddleston

    07/26/2019 02:09 AM

    I thought the most damning was when he was asked if he was fired? He answered no. He was asked if he was allowed to complete his investigation? He said yes. He was asked if his investigation was hindered in anyway? He answered no. If I were on a jury and heard this testimony I would vote the President was innocent of all charges of obstruction

  • Jimmy Humphrey

    07/26/2019 01:35 AM

    Panty waist Republicans need to follow up on their strong statements. Mueller was an excellent actor, stammering, lost, didn’t know about subjects that he was “in charge of. Mueller couldn’t exonerate Trump. This funny farm bunch of liberals need to be stopped NOW. Now the dipstick Nadler wants to grab all White House emails. Trade up, WH emails for Hillary emails if she hasn’t destroyed them. WAKE UP REPUBLICANS, WE THE PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER

  • Simon Templar

    07/26/2019 12:58 AM

    Dear Mr. Governor,
    Watching the Congress hearing I had the same feeling like you - pity for Mueller, for the decorated Marine, for his promising law career and republican registration . All these accomplishments have been shadowed at the time he, as a powerful director, concluded the
    FBI - Martin Lockheed/Comey co-operation. His career faded and eventually became corrupt when starting the Russian Investigation with the horde of democrats led by Weissmann. His career ended yesterday, July 23, 2019 when Mr. Ratclife (in a scenario worth of an OSCAR movie) started to pile up on his desk, one by one, the six volumes containing the basic laws of the country and said "Here are the the LAWS of the U.S.A. and there is nothing in the laws about an investigator being required to exonerate the subject of investigation. You can NOT exonerate President Trump". This was "de facto" the termination of Mr. Mueller career.

  • JANICE PIATT

    07/26/2019 12:15 AM

    Great comments and observations! I loved the comparison to the Wizard of Oz. Wonderful article.

  • Catherine J Eames Hughes

    07/25/2019 11:02 PM

    In the lower courts the loser of a case is the one who pays court costs. I think the democrats as the complainants and the losers should pay all the bills and costs for the investigation back to the government, which is the representative of the American citizens. Including the costs of the two so-called hearings and the time they have wasted in congress shouting to impeach the duly elected president. Then I think their constituants should hold special elections and get rid of the embarrassments.

  • Bob V

    07/25/2019 10:32 PM

    I think Mueller's comment on the "unique situation" is most telling of the unprecedented bias against Trump in the government. They see him as a special threat to their agenda, power and money.

  • Roberta Charrier

    07/25/2019 09:13 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, you have such a wonderful way of summarizing the chaos that seems to be the daily mantra of the Dems. I so appreciate your clear vision on so many topics and enjoy reading (or listening to) your take on the events of the day! Keep up the good work!

  • rodney burke

    07/25/2019 08:38 PM

    this should be the Weismann report. Mueller demonstrated clearly he wasn't not involved in the report or he is mentally out of touch with the world. he doens't know what his perview is? He doesn't know what he has been tasked to do? Really. I only say clips and "not in my perview," showed up far too many times. I am STILL gonna ask the questions; Whrere in the report Vol 2 is there any evidence of obstruction? Name it! they can't. Where is the evidence of collusion? which by elgal definition is not a crime. So he spent 2 years investigating a none crime to find a crime which he has no indicationwas committed.. Huh? The telling moment was when asked if the investigation was impeded in any way and he said no. Obstruction dead in the water. I think dems should pay back the 35Mil directly into the treasury or better yet, put it in the Social Security fund.

  • Mary Kathleen Neier

    07/25/2019 07:15 PM

    Accountability has not been addressed with this important issue of the day. My wish for this fiasco is that our elected officials get back to representing the people of this great Nation. It is a shame that their greed and ambition is to create fake story lines that mislead and misrepresent the real truth. What a waste of our $$$. What a waste of precious time that will never be recovered.

  • Jerry Korba

    07/25/2019 06:48 PM

    With any one that has doubts about the Dem /Socialist look at Nadler Schiff Cummings Pelosi Schumer and how low they will go to get a conviction if they can destroy peoples lives thru the methods used by the people of Muellers work force and the use of the FBI CIA and the DOJ these people do not work by the rules the same way Communists and Socialists work only they murder you put you in slave camps our Socialists will bankrupt you and just destroy your life until they gain more power. Then they will murder you.

  • Katherine Richardson

    07/25/2019 05:59 PM

    Okay I am frustrated!!! I may be the only one who read the Mueller report and found the report BORING. Did I misunderstand Mueller and his team's job which was to find evidence that Trump colluded with Russians so he could win the election? And did I misunderstand that the report states beyond a shadow of doubt that NO U.S. citizen was involved in any collusion with Russian? Did I miss the points that implies that Trump should be impeached because Mueller and his team could find evidence but could not bring them up because a sitting president cannot be impeached? I am being told that there was evidence in the report to support that Trump did commit a crime. I have a master's degree in reading and I don't read anywhere in the report that supports any crime Trump was suppose have done. Can you clear up my misunderstanding?

  • Ann Ault

    07/25/2019 04:42 PM

    So well said ... so right on, Mike Huckabee ... as per usual. GOD HELP AMERICA! The battle is truly on to the max! Only someone with the intestinal fortitude required of this job like President Trump could have withstood this raging opposition and HE is only able to do it with the help of GOD (lots of people praying!) What a shame ... How much more he could have accomplished if he had simply had a little cooperation from the die-hard-vengeful LOONEY LEFT! But they don't give a RIP about the USA! Self-serving to the end!

  • Jim Brewington

    07/25/2019 04:01 PM

    I doubt seriously that Bob Mueller was anything more than a figurehead. It was obvious to me that Mr. Mueller is no longer the brilliant attorney/prosecutor that he once was. I suspect that he was in the initial stages of demencia when they appointed him, knowing they could control him. I suspect they gave him a list of the people they wanted hired as his staff, knowing they could convince him to take the appointment, and they would do the work. It was obvious that he did not know what was in the report. Sadly there is no bottom to how low the democrats will stoop to accomplish their goals. They took heartlessly advantage of a sick man not caring that he appear as totally incompetent. What a shame. This paints a very vivid picture of what we are in for should America not participate in the twenty twenty election. This should drive every thinking citizen to the polls.

  • Robert McFate

    07/25/2019 03:59 PM

    The DemonRATs are going to be even more dangerous since they made total fools of themselves. Here we go with "it's a right wing conspiracy". Usual line when they run out of all other catch phrases!

  • Gil Bellamy

    07/25/2019 03:18 PM

    A person is not too old to be effective just because they have turned 74 - like Mueller. It would be more accurate to write that Robert Mueller is afflicted with senility which can occur at most any age to one degree or another. One factor seems to be having a job for a few years in the DC swamp.

  • Helen Corey

    07/25/2019 03:10 PM

    What really gets my dander up is that all the liars that contributed to the Mueller report are not being punished for their lying and collusion—HRClinton/ Obama/O’s DOJ/ O’s FBI—all traitors trying to destroy the constitutional basis that US is founded on. Russians must be laughing every day. President Trump is doing a terrific job trying to clean up after them in spite of having that cabal trying to impeach him.

  • Amelia Little

    07/25/2019 03:09 PM

    From a few tidbits of what I heard yesterday evening, it seems the democrats aren't going to just shut it down, but they have more committee hearings they want to go through. I'm not a rocket scientist, don't have an MBA, but even I know that, if after 2+ years, there still is no there there. I think it was good ol' maxine who admitted that shortly after the special counsel convened, BTW. They have been rabid in their desperation and still have not come up with one single thing they can hand their hats on. Time to get back to being congressmen--FOR THE PEOPLE--not for or against a President or party. I hear/read "he's lied the whole time" (about what, and since what time?) "he's obstructed, he's committed crimes to lead to impeachment, but I still have not heard any specific thing to back any of this up. And then there's complaints about less than flattering (not lies, just not flattery) about political opponents--but, what about all the ones who have not only said unflattering things about the President, but also misquoted, took out of context, or in the case of msm--flat made up stuff. Can't impeach the media, but it would seem that congressmen should be impeached for their speech if that's what they want to get President Trump on.

    It seems rather odd that, when looking back, it seems Mueller was just a figurehead to give the special counsel a tone of respectability. If the democrats knew he wasn't really all that involved, or all that engaged--it was pretty stupid of them to hold these hearings. IMO

  • Hazel M Siebrecht

    07/25/2019 03:03 PM

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  • William kesler

    07/25/2019 02:48 PM

    This deception was the lefts tool to take control of the house. It partially worked, they did gain congressional control, but thankfully they missed the Senate. And now, We the people, are stuck with the likes of Rubish T'blab, Illheart Omar, Almost Occasionally Correctez, and Another Poser. Hopefully the 2020 elections will restore my faith in this people of th his country.

  • Rosemary Wade Tomy

    07/25/2019 02:39 PM

    Thank God for all of those Republicans yesterday, who did their homework, and showed America how really ugly the democratic party has gotten.

  • Pam Driggers

    07/25/2019 02:12 PM

    Great article, Mike. Those of us who have even the slightest bit of common sense and a conscience knew from the beginning that this smear campaign was just another Democrat effort to try to pull the wool over the collective eyes of the voting public. A total waste of time and money.