With all the news regarding investigations on both sides of the aisle, it’s hard to know where to start today. But let’s kick off with the idiocy that was the John Dean testimony before Jerry Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee, just to get it out of the way. The afternoon hearing, which Democrats actually called “Lessons From the Mueller Report,” got pre-empted on live TV by Monday’s helicopter crash in Manhattan –- which, sadly, killed the pilot and jolted the city that suffered through 9/11 –- but CNN and MSNBC will surely do what they can to milk Dean’s testimony for all it’s worth in the days ahead, using strategically edited clips to try to make this dumb hearing look like “Watergate II.”

They should just let this embarrassment drop, but they’ll likely produce hour-long specials as well to run over the weekend, conveniently leaving out sharp questioning by Republicans on the committee such as Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who devastated Dean as a witness and made it clear we know exactly what this is all about. That is to say, Democrats are trying to have it both ways --- they’re impeaching the President, but they aren’t, but they are! But they aren’t. Are. Aren’t. And Gaetz called him what he was: “a prop.”


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I’m not sure why this hearing was called “Lessons From The Mueller Report,” as John Dean has no connection whatsoever with the Mueller Report. No more than Bob Woodward has, or Robert Redford. Even Dean said on CNN before his testimony that he had nothing to add materially that would be relevant; he was there to provide “context.” Dean testified well over four decades ago (!) during the Watergate hearings, after spearheading the cover-up of the Watergate break-in at Democratic Party headquarters during the Nixon administration, back in the age of the dinosaurs before the sophisticated digital spying technologies we have today (which, it should be noted, were used not BY Trump, but ON Trump).

Matt Margolis at PJ Media has a great rundown on what I’ll call the “Dean-and-pony show” that took place (because of the helicopter crash) on, I believe, CSPAN-3. Margolis points out that today, Dean is a CNN contributor who has been busy writing anti-Republican books over the years. He is a thoroughly political figure. He also is a liar and convicted felon, for (you guessed it) obstruction of justice. As Trump said several hours into Dean’s testimony, “John’s been a loser for a long time...He was disbarred, and he went to prison. Other than that, he’s doing a great job.”

Before he questioned Dean, Gaetz entered into the record an essay of Dean’s from 2005 entitled “George W. Bush as the new Richard M. Nixon: Both Wiretapped Illegally, and Impeachably.” Gaetz got a laugh in the room by asking him, “How many American Presidents have you accused of being Richard Nixon?” But Dean was unbowed; he volunteered that he had written a book called WORSE THAN WATERGATE: THE SECRET PRESIDENCY OF GEORGE W. BUSH.

Gaetz accused Dean of making “a cottage industry” out of accusing Presidents of being Richard Nixon and tried to find out from him how much money he has made from CNN and from such books. Dean never provided an answer, as Chairman Nadler banged his gavel and objected to the line of questioning.

Still, it was rich. Margolis offers the following as his favorite part of the exchange, and I have to agree, it is a hoot:

 

GAETZ: Do you have personal knowledge regarding the truth or falsity of a single material fact in the Mueller Report?

DEAN: I think if you recall the first thing I said I’m not here as a fact witness.

GAETZ: You’re here to provide historical context.

DEAN: Exactly.

GAETZ: And throughout history, you accuse Presidents of acting like Richard Nixon and you make money off of it.

DEAN: Not all Presidents, no.

GAETZ: But a few. More than one.

DEAN: Those who do act like him, I point it out.

 


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The reason this is so hilarious is that President Obama massively expanded surveillance programs that were begun under Bush. We absolutely know this because of leaks from Edward Snowden. Did Dean ever accuse Obama of being Nixonian, or fault him in any way for this misuse of government power? Of course not. And then there’s the spying that was done on the Trump campaign by Obama’s Justice Department and FBI. As more and more is being revealed about this, has Dean had anything to say about it? Not to my knowledge. As Margolis points out, he’s been more concerned with leaks from the Obama administration, not the underlying abuses of power.

You’ll appreciate Margolis’ full article, at the link. He also includes video of the highly entertaining exchange between Dean and Rep. Gaetz.

WATCH: Rep. Matt Gaetz Goes After 'Prop' John Dean at the Dems' Mueller Show Trial

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan was on fire as well. Under questioning, Dean had to admit he had discussed the impeachment of Trump with Nancy Pelosi and that he had mused about giving Trump a “meaningful moniker” such as “deranged Don,” “deadbeat Don” or “demagogue Don.” Dean clearly just hates Trump and would love to see him impeached, so Jerry Nadler gladly gave him a forum.

Jordan pointed out on Monday’s Laura Ingraham show something we’ve talked about before: that the various committees, now under Democratic leadership, have what are known as “memoranda of understanding” to share information and coordinate their impeachment efforts.

Jim Jordan: John Dean hearing part of a 'pattern' aimed at hurting Trump

So much for Dean. He has become tiresome. In related news, Nadler is pressing on for more “underlying documents” referenced by the Mueller report, and the DOJ is reportedly cooperating. Nadler has become tiresome as well, so we’ll comment if and when he has something concrete to say about his findings.

Let’s move on to something of potentially enormous consequence: a letter to Nadler from assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd (on behalf of Attorney General Bill Barr) spelling out the parameters of the investigation being conducted by the Justice Department. Barr is promising a wide-ranging and thorough investigation into the origins of the “Russia” investigation. As Boyd wrote, “The Attorney General looks forward to obtaining a better understanding of the critical period leading up to the 2016 Presidential election, which to date has not fully been examined...The review is broad in scope and multifaceted, and is intended to illuminate open questions regarding the activities of U.S. and foreign intelligence services as well as non-governmental organizations and individuals.”


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That last part raises goosebumps. It means the investigation will cover not just our own intelligence community but also spying activities in other countries (England, Australia, and Italy are potentially implicated), as well as involvement by entities outside government, such as Fusion GPS and private lawyers and other individuals. This would presumably include the hijinks described by George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, and I’m thinking perhaps a number of Clinton cronies who have business ties around the world.

Durham reportedly has been given space and staff inside the main DOJ offices and is extremely serious about getting to the bottom of this. It’s essential to AG Barr that the good reputation of the FBI and Justice Department be restored.

Interestingly, just as we see how wide-ranging this investigation might turn out to be, emails uncovered by Judicial Watch show that Fusion GPS and British spy Christopher Steele had a close relationship with the Obama State Department, under John Kerry. For those keeping up with all the players and connecting the dots as we go, here’s the story by Mark Tapscott in The Epoch Times. You can bet that Barr’s Justice Department will be on it.

I hope you’ll read it all, right down to the twist at the end, which evokes the name of...John Dean. And with that, we have come full circle.

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  • Audrey Skarness

    06/12/2019 04:49 PM

    Dear Dimms...AG Barr was assigned a job....let him do it!!!

  • Richard Palmquist

    06/12/2019 04:24 PM

    Mike - you are in a position to save the Trump presidency if only he will take your advice. I am certain you are as concerned as any of us that Trump KILLS his reputation when he uses ad hominem slurs instead of issue related comments in public. I met Joe Biden decades ago. You and I both know he is ANYthing but "dumb." Slurs are burrrrs in the Trump saddle.

  • Jim L Allen

    06/12/2019 11:39 AM

    There needs to be some mechanism in House to control the out of control subcommittees and committees. Such as wasting time from their main tasks and part in the governance of our country. It is disappointing to see such a waste in view of the problems we face as a country. I would like to see some progress on changing how the Congress actually works or doesn't work!

  • Barry Ligus

    06/11/2019 07:01 PM

    Amazing how losers surround themselves with more losers. That the Democrats feel compelled to bring in Dean is not surprising, they feel comfortable with one of their own.
    Are they ever going to have Congress do their actual job of passing budgets, addressing immigration issues, or acting on the infrastructure disaster on hand during this session?
    It's time to take back the House in 2020 and take care of our great nation.

  • Fred carter

    06/11/2019 06:31 PM

    The partisan politics in the House like Nadler's committee make me sick. How can this be constitutional? If I could vote in the region he is from, I would campaign against him. Calling John Dean to testify on something he has no factual knowledge of is as dumb as it gets. Shame on that crowd!!!

  • Anne Turner

    06/11/2019 05:01 PM

    The Dems will never ever accept this President as legitimate and culy elected. I hope they realize that the are setting a precedent for sheer nastiness. What goes around comes around. I am not recommending vengeance but know human nature. I had a liberal friend, now that the Mueller report did not crucify Trump, tell me she thought the GOP should just drop the FISA and DNC investigation because it is time to move on. Amused? Hilary has just about worn out the poor abused me scenario. As I have said before, I do t approve of the Presidents morals, his exaggerations, and his rhetoric, but the President does not have to be my best friend. He, or she, has got to be smart, creative, energetic and brave. It is amazing how well he has stood up under this constant barrage of sheer hatred. It looks to me like he is doing a pretty good job. Let’s judge on results, not have cults of personality.

  • Floyd Kimmel

    06/11/2019 04:35 PM

    Bringing back Michael Cohen and now John Dean best of the sellouts and liars and the Democrats sit there and absorb and feed off of all the opinions of the people they only want to hear; Who will be next Lannie Davis maybe Avannotti. Muller gave them his findings live with it or bring in reputable people to explain it like maybe a couple of 3rd-grade teachers or the kids themselves

  • rodney burke

    06/11/2019 02:17 PM

    John Dean cannot be of any value. He is a hack who apparently hates every body and has a despicable record as a man. Like everything, this is gonna fail as it lacks substance.. But then communists are NOT about substance. He is as jhas been said a prop, a waste of time. Time to remove all dems and replace with people who will actually DO something.

  • Ann Bouchard

    06/11/2019 01:40 PM

    Do you really want to know what I think? It is my impression that the US government is the Roman Empire all over again except it's modern day and they do not kill as many Presidents yet, and I emphasize yet. The US is only 243 years old.

  • Ann Bouchard

    06/11/2019 01:36 PM

    Do you really want to know what I think? It is my impression that the US government is the Roman Empire all over again except it's modern day and they do kill as many Presidents yet, and I emphasize yet.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/11/2019 01:13 PM

    How deep does this Congress want to go into the loony bin when you think they hit bottom they find a new bottom. To expose the Congress to America is bad enough the rest of the world is saying they think they are the greatest nation on earth with a Congress that we have now what a farce. How does anybody listen to America when the throw away laundry is shown in public it is beyond embarrassment? Most everyone knows that anyway, The point I would like to make lets bring an idea to fix our highway and bridges I would like to buy a new car and tour our country we usually fly from one point to another we have time now to spend on the road and see America we drove from Florida to Mn. I can't put a $45000 car on these roads the suspension would have to be replaced before the warranty was up. If the Congress doesn't mind could it get to work on repairing our roads people our age may not be able drive in 20 years so stop the nonsense get off your dumb ass and do the real work that we are paying for.Impeach the Congress should be the flavor now how do we get rid of these anchors are all of these morons the offspring of Barney Fife Americans are no longer embarrassed we are outraged keep pissing off the old people you punks maybe we will drive semi trucks, motor cycles, horses, bring a cattle drive, cars, motor homes,Buses, I doubt the military will do much they dislike you also by the millions yes we have a lot of old people left we should shut down DC until the dumb asses go back to work and do what needs to be done vacation is over!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cef Coles, Jr.

    06/11/2019 12:57 PM

    When I was younger, I watched the Watergate hearings especially when John Dean testified. While the coverup began to unravel in print and on TV, I saw John Dean as a rat abandoning a sinking ship. I don't condone Watergate at all, it was wrong. However to put John Dean on is so laughable and asinine at the same time. His gibberish added no value to the Mueller report. Unfortunately in this day and age, hardly anyone has read the Mueller report. Instead we have people who'd rather reflect the opinions of the MSM and the Deep State. Really, Is this what the USA has become? It agitates me to hear the MSM and Left tell me how I should interpret that report. Clearly they don't want people to think on their own or have a differing opinion of what is right and wrong.

    And the shame of it all? They continue to waste taxpayer money for their posturing and do absolutely nothing for the betterment of the USA. To top that off, they want to give themselves a pay raise! For doing what?!? Zero, nada, nothing! It's unreal. I pray those who truly love this country make their votes known at the next election. The only way this madness can stop is to vote in those who support the President and to set this country on the right track.

  • Kendra Strecker

    06/11/2019 12:12 PM

    John Dean is an" ATE UP.".. whose a "wanna be"..

  • Jim Moore

    06/11/2019 12:05 PM

    I'm reminded by the specter of Haldeman, Erlichman, Mitchell and Dean and the song that was written during this the first destruction of a great president. Now it is Comey, Brennan, Clapper and Strzok and their efforts to first attempt to change an election and when that didn't work, they did all they could to destroy the president by lies, leaks and false dossiers.

  • Kathy Dix

    06/11/2019 12:02 PM

    Mike,
    Heck with Dean, he is history. I wanted to bring to your attention Brian Kolfrage's " We Build The Wall" . Just learned the IBWC ( International Boundary Waterway Commission has sent (American) police to open his gate and leave open . From what I can read of the IBWC, the policies set in place for the IBWC have to do with " water rights" and why are they interfering with Brian's wall ? It's either Mexico fighting it, or it could very well be the Democrats have sent the IBWC to stop Brian Kolfrage for the progress he's made with his wall ? I am hoping you can investigate and help Brian . Brian has American's donations to build the wall and he must feel terrible that he accomplished a wall just to be opened by the IBWC. Thanks , Kathy

  • Kevin J Cook

    06/11/2019 11:52 AM

    If this weren’t so serious the Democrat Clown Show is hilarious and never runs out of bad jokes!