The Mueller Report is the biggest fat nothing burger DC’s ever seen. Democrats should be distancing themselves from the fiasco.
Instead, Adam Schiff is desperate to keep the investigation brewing.
As chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff refuses to let the hoopla die down. While Republicans made their frustrations clear regarding the “grotesque spectacle” on Capitol Hill, Schiff convened a hearing to dig deeper into the “disturbing findings” of the Mueller Report, Volume I.
As Fox News explains:
“Volume one of the report outlines a sweeping and systemic effort by Russia to interfere in the 2016 election for the benefit of Donald Trump,” Schiff declared. “It establishes that the Trump campaign welcomed the Russian interference because it expected to benefit electorally from the information stolen and released through the Russian effort.”
While he said that most Americans would consider the actions of the campaign and Russian officials to “constitute plain evidence of collusion,” he noted that the report did not find evidence sufficient to support criminal conspiracy charges.
“Nevertheless and contrary to the president’s often-repeated mantra and many misrepresentations of the attorney general, the special counsel reached no conclusion as to whether the Trump campaign’s many Russian contacts constituted collusion since that term is not defined in criminal law.”
The hearing featured two former FBI officials while Republicans invited former federal prosecutor and Fox News contributor Andrew McCarthy to testify. McCarthy told the panel that Russia wasn’t backing Trump per se in the 2016 campaign, and was rather supporting the candidate seen at the time as most likely to lose.
“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin tends to back the candidates he believes will lose on the theory that an alienated losing faction will make it harder for the winning faction to govern,” he said.
“It is a mistake, I respectfully submit, to allow him to divide us by portraying him as on one side or another. He’s against all of us.”
The Greatest Hoax on Earth
Democrats aren’t smart enough to distance themselves from the Russian investigation. In fact, they seem hellbent to sell Mueller’s report as Trump’s coffin. Nothing is further from the truth.
The sharpest remarks came from Ranking Republican Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who said that Democrats’ claims of collusion had been “exposed as a hoax.”
“One would think the Democrats would simply apologize and get back to lawmaking and oversight but it’s clear they couldn’t stop this grotesque spectacle even if they wanted to,” he said.
“After years of false accusations and McCarthyite smears, the collusion hoax now defines the Democratic Party,” he said. “The hoax is what they have in place of a governing philosophy or a constructive vision for our country.”
The spat was the latest example of fraying tensions between lawmakers from opposing parties over the Russia probe. Democrats are keen to continue investigating the actions of the Trump campaign and alleged obstruction of justice, and a number have opened the door to possible impeachment. Democrats on Tuesday passed a civil enforcement resolution that members say effectively holds Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress, pertaining to another dispute related to the Russia investigation. The DOJ pushed back and said it was not a civil contempt vote.
Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress have supported the Trump administration’s push to investigate the origins of the Russia probe.
The Next Report
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Now the public is waiting on pins and needles for another report to drop. Hopefully, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz will soon issue his report on possible surveillance abuses during the 2016 campaign—including how the Democrat-funded anti-Trump Steele dossier was used to secure surveillance warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
However, as Kevin Jackson pointed out:
Understand that Michael Horowitz may be part of the Deep State, ergo one of the swamp rats. Note how Mueller threw raw meat to the hardcore Leftists with his highly prejudicial report, discarding “innocent until proven guilty.”
According to Democrats, Mueller was the most honest man in DC with disgraced former FBI Director James Comey a close second. So why in the hell would we trust Horowitz?!
Without any new information, Horowitz gathered enough information to slam-dunk the Democrats. But the American people have nothing.
I suspect Barr recognized what we all know. The cover-up continues. So Barr forced his hand.
Soon, Barr will get to the bottom of the origins of the Russian probe. Meanwhile, Schiff continues to unravel.
Perhaps Schiff refuses to let go of the Mueller report to cover his own ass. Schiff certainly doesn’t want his own ties to Fusion GPS taking center stage.
As we reported back in April:
Sometimes such scrutiny inevitably turns to questions of hypocrisy.
Which bring us to the issue of some photographs taken at the prestigious Aspen security conference last July.
They show Schiff meeting at the event with Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson, one of the key and most controversial figures in the Russia collusion scandal. Both men insisted to me through spokesmen that they met only briefly last July.
This meeting sounds much like the Clinton-Lynch meeting on the tarmac where “golf and grandchildren” were discussed.
Clearly, Schiff’s only hope is to continue to stir the pot.
Back to Fox:
On the Senate side, Donald Trump Jr. also visited Capitol Hill Wednesday for a second closed-door interview with that chamber’s intelligence committee. He appeared in response to a subpoena from the panel’s Republican Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C.
Trump Jr. told reporters he had “nothing to correct” regarding his prior testimony as he arrived. He was expected to be asked about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, as well as a meeting in New York’s Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer that initially had promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Wednesday’s House hearing came two days after John Dean, former White House counsel to President Richard Nixon, testified to the House Judiciary Committee that parts of the Mueller report “echo Watergate” — comments that drew mockery and anger from Republicans.
“In many ways, the Mueller report is to President Trump what the so-called Watergate road map…was to President Richard Nixon,” Dean said, adding Mueller “has provided this committee a road map.”
But as a number of Democrats have eyed possible impeachment of the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said this week that such a move is “not even close” to having enough support in the House.
Pelosi knows what all democrats know. The Russian narrative is a bust.