One of the most insightful pieces I’ve seen about special counsel Robert Mueller was written over a year ago.
You’d think it had come out this morning. Yes, it even uses the word “figurehead” to describe him. It says his presence was “intended to give a name and possible face to an organization that selected him.” This observation was made in March of 2018.
We know without a doubt today that this theory is correct. Indeed, Mueller did not select his team. (It turns out that Andrew Weissmann assembled the group.) This was, in effect, a previously selected and organized team of lawyers and investigators who, in turn, selected HIM.
It’s easy now to see why the Democratic Party pushed so hard for a special counsel. There was a group of anti-Trump career officials who needed a way to stay together after the election, to keep working on the goal they’d had since 2015 of keeping Trump out of power. So what did they do? They simply entered a new phase. Here’s how we break it down:
Phase 1: the FBI’s Mid-Year Exam, designed to keep Hillary as a viable candidate after she had clearly broken the law
Phase 2: the FBI’s use of counterintelligence, Fusion GPS research and surveillance on Trump’s campaign
Phase 3: the post-election Russia-Trump conspiracy, fueled by the special counsel
The special counsel would serve as the cover for Phase 3; that’s why there was such a drumbeat from Democrats who all “got the memo” about calling for one. Day after day, they wouldn’t shut up until they finally got the investigation. And then, with the team and the goal in place, all they needed was a leader to put the right face on it, someone who wouldn’t have to know much about what they were doing, just sign papers and otherwise just leave them alone. Mueller was perfect; why, they could even say that he was a "registered Republican." But to do it –- at least if he was still of sound mind, which we don’t know for sure –- Mueller had to willingly go along with what was clearly a fraud “of historic scale and consequence.”
One scary thought: unless the swamp really is drained, it doesn’t really matter if someone like Robert Mueller is no longer there and the special counsel’s official work is finished. The group simply re-forms around whatever conditions remain. With the opposition party in power, it no longer reports to work at the Justice Department, but perhaps it goes to work for Fusion GPS or a politically-connected law firm such as Perkins Coie. It still has its many friends in the media as well. For that matter, it probably still has a few friends at the Justice Department. When the opposition party is defeated, it goes right back into government, without missing a beat.
That’s why we need to find out exactly who was involved and what they did, and put them under the jail if necessary.
One of the left’s favorite “fact-check” site, Snopes.com, has been beclowning itself lately by “fact-checking” obviously fake humorous stories from the conservative satire site, the Babylon Bee. These are usually stories that poke fun at liberal politicians, and we can’t have anyone believing that there’s anything laughable about them. Snopes’ excuse is that some people might mistake these patently humorous stories for real news – I guess the same people who need warning labels put on forks to keep from sticking them into their ears.
The Babylon Bee has mostly responded with good-natured satirical stories joking about how clueless and biased Snopes is.
But with its latest “fact-check,” Snopes went too far and pushed a hot button with the Bee’s staff. The Bee ran a joke story making fun of Georgia Rep. and possible fabulist Erica Thomas, the gist of which was that she accused a white Chick-fil-A clerk of yelling at her to “go back where you came from,” while a review of surveillance video showed that the clerk, who was Chinese, actually said, “My pleasure.”
Snopes.com not only felt the need to inform people that that wasn’t true, but they went further, reading a lot of dark motives into the story and suggesting that the Bee was trying to “fan the flames” of controversy and “muddy the details” of a real story. They even suggested it might not be satire, but a ruse to mislead the public (even the choice of Chick-fil-A was a red flag of their evil intentions.)
That was too much for Babylon Bee founder Adam Ford, who wrote an epic Twitter thread takedown of Snopes.com and its “egregious” attempt to smear a humor site as rightwing propaganda. Enjoy it here:
Snopes.com needs to stick to fact checking actual fake news stories. It’s not as if there’s any shortage of them. And quit picking on writers of humor and satire. They have the hardest job in the world, trying to think up something so ridiculous that somebody like AOC won’t actually say it before their humor piece is published.
Last night, in the wake of Robert Mueller’s titanic testimony to Congress (and I mean “Titanic” in every sense of the world), President Trump gave an exclusive phone interview to Fox News’ Sean Hannity. They covered a number of topics, from the Mueller hearings to the shameful water attacks on police officers in New York City. You can read about it and see the full interview here: