By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Just about everyone who watched former special counsel Robert Mueller stumble, stammer, and stutter his way through two painful congressional hearings to discuss his ‘Russia collusion’ report clearing POTUS Donald Trump of any criminal behavior agrees that the one-time crack Justice Department lawyer and FBI director has, mentally, lost a few steps in recent years.
Mueller looked all of his 74 years and then some multiple times during appearances before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee Wednesday, at times forgetting details contained in a 400-plus page report he (allegedly) wrote.
In addition, Mueller seemed totally clueless about one of the most important details of his investigation and the entire ‘Russian collusion’ narrative — Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned the Steele Dossier, paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC — the one the FBI used to obtain a FISA court surveillance warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.
But to some Democrats, Mueller’s advancing age and declining mental capacities, clearly on display during the hearings, that was to blame. No.
Someone must have ‘gotten to him.’
That’s what super-partisan Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) actually believes. He said so on Thursday.
During Mueller’s testimony, Lieu asked him a leading question: “The reason that you did not indict the president is because of the [Office of Legal Counsel] opinion that you cannot indict a sitting president, correct?”
“Correct,” Mueller responded.
Later in his testimony, however, Mueller corrected the record — because to cling to his answer may have meant a perjury charge since it conflicted with a statement made by Attorney General William Barr, a man clearly in control of his faculties, weeks ago.
Then, Barr said that he asked Mueller three times if the reason he did not recommend charges against the president was due to the OLC opinion and each time Mueller said no, that had no bearing on it.
After a recess, Mueller clarified his answer, and said that he didn’t mean to imply that he would’ve indicted the president if not for the OLC opinion. “I want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mr. Lieu…” he said. “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.”
In a Thursday evening interview with CNN — where else? — Lieu claimed that Mueller did understand his question but then intimated that some sinister Trump-ite must have coerced him into changing it. Or something.
“It wasn’t until there was a recess in the Intel Committee that he sort of walked some of that back. I don’t know who got to him, I don’t know who talked to him, but that was really odd what he did,” Lieu said.
“Well, what are you suggesting?” asked Blitzer. “Because he said he misspoke, he didn’t understand, or whatever it was, that’s why he wanted to clarify… are you saying he only did that because of pressure from someone?”
“I don’t know,” Lieu responded. “But he clearly answered the way he answered to me, and then he had numerous times to walk that back by the next Republican member who asked a series of questions on the same exact same issue trying to get him to walk it back. So I don’t understand what happened.”
We know, Mr. Lieu. You’re simply trying to imply that something nefarious occurred when it didn’t. The man obviously was not ‘all there’ on Wednesday, so believing he could have misspoke is a lot easier than believing in your ridiculous conspiracy theory.
In any event, the record is clear for anyone non-partisan enough to want to read and absorb it: POTUS Trump has been victimized by a Deep State coup attempt to depose him by people in our own government who can’t stand that he won and were pulling for Hillary Clinton to be the next commander-in-chief.
What else is clear is that Mueller didn’t deliver the knockout impeachment blow Lieu and other Democrats were hoping for.
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