From Roxanne R:

I have a question. Why did Barr give the ok for Mueller to make a statement? And do you think he knew what Mueller was going to say? If his speaking was against department policy, why was it allowed?

 

From the Gov:

Since Mueller was reportedly leaving the Justice Department that very day and (wisely) heading into private life, I don’t know that he got the “okay” from anyone to make that statement. As far as I know, he just did it. (This is a great question and if someone has more specific information, please let me know.) And, no, I don’t think Barr knew what Mueller was going to say, especially since Mueller gave a reason for not specifying indictable "obstruction" counts that was completely at variance with what he'd said to Barr, three times and in front of witnesses yet.

 

Judging from the shaky way Mueller read his statement, I’m not even sure HE knew what he was going to say. He made some stumbles and hardly even looked up from the paper. It looked as though someone (Jerry Nadler, perhaps?) had just handed the paper to to him and said, "Here, Bob, read this."  I do wonder if Comey knew about it ahead of time, though, as it wouldn't surprise me if they had coordinated (ha, "colluded").  We’ll be trying to confirm details, but this is the impression we have.

 

Now here's a great comment from Doug M:

A Wyoming rancher has summarized the Mueller report and Democrats' hapless ongoing efforts in one sentence:

"While we recognize that Trump did not actually steal any horses, he is obviously guilty of trying to resist being hanged for it.”

 

 

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  • Dawn Street

    06/03/2019 03:41 PM

    Any chance of ever giving us a choice to LIKE or LOVE a comment or to add an encouraging word to it.

    I love your column and some of the comments are pure gold!!

  • Tim Touchstone

    06/02/2019 08:15 PM

    Governor Mike (& I hope future President), I know I have probably left this comment before, but as I see it, and as simplistic as it sounds, the very root of our problems in America lies in the power wielded in Congress. Until we get these lame brained, incompetent career politicians (and that includes democrats, independents, and Republicans) out of our Congress, AND pass laws that put strict and short term limits on how long these people serve, we as a country are in SERIOUS, SERIOUS TROUBLE!!!

  • Tim Touchstone

    06/02/2019 08:14 PM

    Governor Mike (& I hope future President), I know I have probably left this comment before, but as I see it, and as simplistic as it sounds, the very root of our problems in America lies in the power wielded in Congress. Until we get these lame brained, incompetent career politicians (and that includes democrats, independents, and Republicans) out of our Congress, AND pass laws that put strict and short term limits on how long these people serve, we as a country are in SERIOUS, SERIOUS TROUBLE!!!

  • April Allison-Garlow

    06/02/2019 03:46 PM

    I love the Wyoming rancher summary! There are rules and regulations about speaking publicly about investigations if you work for the DOJ or FBI, even after you leave government service. I would love to see those policies enforced. If you read the personnel paperwork employees must sign,it states they will not violate those rules under threat of arrest and prosecution, including fines and imprisonment. Someone needs to find out why it's not enforced-I want to see Mueller's personnel file and Comey's. If they signed --they need to be treated like any other government employee that knowingly leaks information not already in the public domain.

  • Ray Quigley

    06/02/2019 12:50 PM

    Here we go folks. Robert Mueller in skirts. Ms. Peggy Noonan!
    Peggy Noonan shows personal Moral disapproval of President Donald J. Trump.
    But first take the voters mind off the nearly three (3) years of totally corrupt endeavors to "overturn the (an) election" of 2016.
    Hard when President Trump has created a terrific economic environment.
    Wages, unemployment, national security, opportunity and less government control and regulation.
    Yep, she doesn’t approve of Donald Trump, or agree with “MAGA”. "Make America Great Again".
    But nothing stops the man. He continues to fight - for America. The land he loves, and works to make better.
    Just visualize Ms. Noonan trying to plant in voters minds the image of a “kind of brute dumbness”.
    Throwing in - “subvert the (Mueller) investigation”, “seemingly dangled pardons and threatened firings” and “towering over it all is a grubby business deal in Moscow”.
    There you have it. Ms. Noonan has shown how. As she has said - “It is unseemly”.
    Her designed conclusion - That man is not fit to be President.
    No proof but really effective character assassination by intimation and inference. Now that’s really Moral?
    Ms. Noonan wants no possible risk of failure so no impeachment. As she said of Mr. Mueller - “Looks to me like a loss of nerve”.
    Sounds a lot like those masters of deceit, the Marxist Leninists in socialist (i.e. Communist) dominated countries.
    Notice. No policy concerns. Just clever verbal manipulation to literally destroy a man, his family and accomplish a coup.
    Folks, I am sick of this kind of truly sleazy politics.
    President Trump - keep on keepin’ on!

    E. Ray Quigley

  • Joe Analco

    06/02/2019 12:10 PM

    Let's get back to being a Nation of Laws and accordingly. If Mueller or his Democrat staff knew that the allegations of Russian Collusion were false at the early start of their investigation than the term ”Fruit From The Poison Tree” is definitely a hurdle for future prosecutions. Of course, for those seeking vengeance and injustice (Hello, Democrats) the rule of law is thrown out.

  • Mike

    06/02/2019 07:59 AM

    If the definition of terrorism is "the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes;"
    And the mission of the NRA is "to promote the safe and efficient handling of small arms ... for the defense of of life and liberty;"
    And the Governor of Connecticut calls the NRA a terrorist organization;
    Doesn't that make the Governor of Connecticut a terrorist?

  • Carmine Fea

    06/01/2019 08:48 PM

    The Wyoming rancher in a sentence highlights the idiocy (extremely stupid behavior) of the people attempting to impeach President Trump for obstruction of justice and cover up. "While we recognize that Trump did not actually steal any horses, he is obviously guilty of trying to resist being hanged for it."

    Thank you Governor and thank you to the rancher. Let our anger, criticism and rejection of the actions of Mueller and his team, congressional democrats, and the liberal media be heard.

  • Shirley meranda

    06/01/2019 05:17 PM

    Lololol !!!!! Love it!!!

  • Jerry Korba

    06/01/2019 05:10 PM

    Little Nadler gets to Bla Bla some more with Mueller helping him with with his nit witted 35 million dollar bag of deceit and feeble investigation. Little nat needs a high chair or kids desk to sit behind he should be playing the elf in Bad Santa they both have the same morals. With all the BLA BLA Little Nat does is it affecting his health he does not look well Dishonesty does have a price on ones health. I wonder if Mueller is sleeping at nite or anytime he looks like he has been locked away in a dungeon and been fed enough to keep him alive when his usefulness is finished I wonder about his well being he will have to live with himself, what he has done I doubt sleep will come easy for him........

  • Rodney Harris

    06/01/2019 05:10 PM

    Mueller read a prepared statement, written and approved by the democrat party. This entire charade is nothing but an excuse for democrats in congress to have something to beat the table about and not do their job. Mueller concluded there was NO collusion with the Russians by the Trump campaign. Now correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't there have to be an underlying crime before a person can obstruct justice? If there was no collusion, there can be no obstruction, period! Mueller didn't recommend indicting because he would have looked like a fool to do so even if a sitting president can't be indicted. How do we as Americans throw the constitution out the window? Our criminal justice system is based on the premise of 'innocent until proven guilty' and that beyond reasonable doubt! The fake FISA dossier puts ALL of the evidence on Russian collusion under toe column of 'reasonable doubt'.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    06/01/2019 04:47 PM

    ??? COSTS of ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS vs. costs of Mexican tariffs - why do we hear specifics of the latter but not the former?

  • John Grant

    06/01/2019 03:22 PM

    The way the FBI words things it always looks like the person they were trying to find guilty was guilty of something, true or not.
    The old line "there was just not enough evidence of guilt to find him guilty" leaves the impression there was a lot of guilty evidence but not quite enough.
    Many a career of long standing honesty and trust has been ruined by that alone. It scares banks and bonding companies.

  • Mike Spears

    06/01/2019 02:27 PM

    Here's a "what if," regarding obstruction:
    Maybe there was a morning where Mueller, Weissmann and the team sent out for coffee for their morning staff meeting and the President found a way to get the coffee order cancelled, preventing them from getting their coffee for that day? Some people just can't function without their morning coffee and such an action would certainly "obstruct the investigation." On that note, I say proceed with Impeachment Proceedings, Dems. This one is probably better than anything they've got listed in the report. They may even convince the Senate to convict on such a charge.

  • sue burris

    06/01/2019 02:26 PM

    Mike,
    Interesting that Mueller made his statement when Barr was out of D.C. in Alaska.

  • jack macdonald

    06/01/2019 02:22 PM

    If they can't put this T**D in jail at least, get him out of my life. Hundreds of losers and swamp creatures in congress is more than one person can stomach. jm

  • Richard Brown

    06/01/2019 01:34 PM

    Mueller like most highly visible public figures in Washington is little more than a pawn in an evil swamp!

  • Steve Sega

    06/01/2019 01:20 PM

    It is important to note that Mueller seemed extremely nervous during his prepared speech. Democrats have a history of forcing people to give prepared statements such as the Cohen testimony. It seems Mueller did not want to commit Clintoncide before retiring.

  • Dawn Street

    06/01/2019 12:53 PM

    "While we recognize that Trump did not actually steal any horses, he is obviously guilty of trying to resist being hanged for it.”

    I love this comment. He summarized this mess perfectly. My family and I have discussed the Wednesday fiasco and the way Mueller delivered his "speech". He acted like a fellow who has visited the cow lot, stepped into a deep pile and is afraid to come in because his wife just mopped and waxed the floor ... but he does not have enough sense to take his boots off at the door.

    We wonder who wrote it for him because the way he read it, it was not something he crafted. He hesitated and stammered through it like he had never seen it before. He looked old, haggard and haunted. I don't believe Trump or Barr are behind it. I would think the Obama cartel, Clintonistas, DNC or Jerry Nadler. I don't think Adam Schiff is up to this task.

    Mueller will go down in history as a useful idiot, a clown who didn't know when to stop and retire to the countryside where cow patties are a way of life and men know to take off the boots at the door.

  • Dave Newbry

    06/01/2019 12:51 PM

    It's pretty clear now that if Trump had actually done something for which he could be held accountable in any way Mueller's team of inquisitors would have come up with it within the first 2 weeks of the inquisition. The fact they kept at it for almost 2 years and still didn't find anything with which they could charge him left Mueller and co. no option but to somehow deliver a message to the democRATs that they couldn't exonerate him of the charges they couldn't press against him. "Not not guilty" is what Mueller intended to give to Nadler to continue his crusade against the president. Despite showing the symptoms of clinical insanity, the democRATs are going to continue beating that dead horse.

  • Robbie Mize

    06/01/2019 12:41 PM

    So sick of all the contradictions .... that is the problem. If a person tells the truth to begin with, they never have to remember what they said last.

  • Cheryl Sipila

    06/01/2019 12:24 PM

    I agree Governor, I believe that molar was told what to say. That's why he wouldn't take any questions at all.