DOJ has not seen Robert Mueller’s opening remarks.

By |2019-07-22T16:08:42-08:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

Oh really?

Courtesy of CNN:

Robert Mueller will have a prepared opening statement for his much-anticipated congressional hearing on Wednesday that has not been seen by the Justice Department, according to a spokesman for the former special counsel.

The statement, which will likely not be released until Mueller starts his testimony, did not have to be cleared through the Department of Justice and no officials from the department, including Attorney General William Barr, have seen the document, the spokesman said.
While the spokesman won’t comment on how much or how long Mueller has been preparing, but would confirm that Wilmer Hale — a Washington, DC law firm — has allowed Mueller and “a small group of folks who worked with him at the special counsel’s office” to use some unoccupied office space for the purposes of preparation.

“If you look at him and his career, he is someone who comes to the table fully prepared and he’s going to be ready on Wednesday,” the spokesman said.

All of the people preparing Mueller have spent the last two years working with him at the special counsel’s office investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. The individuals helping Mueller prepare are some of the top people from that office, though their names haven’t yet been released.

In response to this uncertainty about what Mueller might say the DOJ has warned him to keep his testimony short.

Courtesy of Politico:

Justice Department officials have communicated to Robert Mueller that the department expects him to limit his congressional testimony this week to the public findings of his 448-page report, according to one current and one former U.S. official familiar with the preparations.

In extensive discussions since the former special counsel was subpoenaed on June 25 to testify, department officials have emphasized that they consider any evidence he gathered throughout the course of his investigation to be “presumptively privileged” and shielded from public disclosure.

The Justice Department is “taking the position that anything outside the written pages of the report are things about which presidential privilege hasn’t been waived,” the former U.S. official said.

That’s bullshit since they know that Mueller is only going to testify to factual information and that he will avoid talking about anything classified. 

Besides, I seriously doubt that presidential privilege extends to possible obstruction or criminal behavior by a sitting president. 

I know that Mueller is a by the book kind of guy and will likely stick pretty close to the report.

And yet part of me is really hoping that he will just say fuck it and start going off on how his report was misrepresented and that of course he found evidence of collusion that is spelled out in the report and then demand to know why hasn’t Congress impeached his ass already? 

Yeah, I know, that it just a fantasy. 

But still, on some level Mueller has to realize that the old rules simply do not count anymore, and that if he does not want all of his hard work to be swept under the carpet he needs to break a few dishes and piss in the punchbowl a little. 

Trump is counting on him to be a good little boy scout.

The country needs more than that from him. 

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14 Comments

  1. OK July 23, 2019 at 7:25 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/07/23/opinion-muellers-testimony-will-show-us-the-ways-to-say-there-was-collusion-and-obstruction.html

    “Trump wasn’t happy with running his criminal enterprise and hosting his cheesy reality show. Donald Trump nursed a grudge against Barack Obama and Putin nursed a grudge against Hillary Clinton >evidence of collusion is NOT A CRIMEa! “After all, you don’t corrupt the Department of Justice over trivial things like money laundering. Trump has been doing that with impunity for years, just as Jeffrey Epstein enjoyed decades of tending to his human trafficking business with impunity.”
    “Trump wanted to replace Obama, but more importantly, in that scary place that is Trump’s mind, he wanted to monetize the presidential election.” “Anyone who read the Mueller report knows it built a solid case for CONspiracy between the Trump Campaign and the Russians.”
    Sunday interview on Fox>Jerry Nadler told the audience:
    “the Mueller report contains very substantial evidence” that President Donald Trump is “guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors” — an impeachable offense.” “We have to … let Mueller present those facts to the American people, and then see where we go from there, because the administration must be held accountable,”

    ” in that twisted, sociopathic mind of Donald Trump, it was all about the deflection.The degree to which the White House is freaked out is reflected by the severity of Trump’s attempt to deflect.” “The White House’s efforts are not really about keeping Mueller to the confines of the report at all. After all, they know that contrary to Barr’s letter misrepresenting the contents of Mueller’s report, and contrary to Trump’s chant “no collusion, no obstruction,” the report is as damning as it can be if one understands DOJ policy and Mueller’s ethics.”

    “people won’t get the full content of the report. This is, as people have been saying, THE MOVIE.
    If you read the report, you get the detail and the nuance. THE MOVIE will go for the highlights and general thrust.”

  2. Anon July 23, 2019 at 7:56 am

    I have no faith in Mueller any more

    He will not be a hero

    • Open Minded July 24, 2019 at 1:59 am

      Legendary journalist Seymour Hersh agrees with you. In a Salon interview, he said that Mueller is “not all there.” I thought the same thing when I heard Mueller speak to Congress in a feeble, quavery, and uncertain voice, an odd monotone lacking inflection or emphasis. That may explain Mueller’s request that he be accompanied by an aide, who will not be sworn in to testify, but will attend to provide support (or something) to Mueller.
      https://www.salon.com/2019/07/23/investigative-reporter-seymour-hersh-the-world-is-run-by-ignoramuses-wackos-and-psychotics/

      In all the hype about the upcoming Mueller testimony, an important event was ignored by most of the media.Today Dr. Brandy X. Lee convened a virtual town hall meeting in DC of experts in various fields to discuss Trump’s mental incapacity. Dr. Lee is the organizer of the Yale “Duty to Warn” Conference, and also the editor of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.” Both the book and the conference featured experts in a wide range of disciplines, including psychiatrists, psychologists, historians, philosophers, and journalists. I streamed it live on C-SPAN 2. It was even more frightening than the book.

      None of the participants diagnosed Trump with a specific mental illness, but they made factual observations of his behaviors, including an inability to process information and reach logical conclusions, a very short attention span, impulsivity, egocentricity, hair-trigger temper, inability to plan ahead, and so on. The list of specific behaviors is long, and includes Trump’s preposterous boasts that he knows more about scores of complex topics than anyone else; his lying about things he himself has said on video, even statements made just a moment or two before; his abusive behaviors toward everyone around him; his eagerness to bond with other tyrants, while alienating our allies; his deliberate creation of potential crises, so that he can supposedly change his mind at the last minute and then claim he has averted a crisis. He is astoundingly uninformed and incurious about history, government, economics, international affairs–and the list goes on. The conference should be required viewing for every person in America.

      The bottom line is what most of us know even as laypeople, although we can’t bring to bear the intensive factual approaches of the conferees: Trump is fundamentally and uniquely unqualified for the job he somehow achieved.The whole world is in danger because of this fact.

      Dr. Lee has noted that every individual who has access to the US nuclear arsenal must have careful psychological testing annually in order to keep their jobs, except Donald Trump.

      This is the same Trump who has asked why we have nukes if we can’t use them. Putin was once asked what would happen if the US were to use a limited preemptive nuclear strike against Russia. Putin answered, “We would be martyrs; you would be dead.” And Donald Trump is at the helm, folks. Sleep tight.

      • Anonymous July 24, 2019 at 4:47 am

        Critics have described Hersh as a conspiracy theorist, in particular for his rejection of official claims regarding the killing of Osama Bin Laden and his rejection that the Assad regime used chemical weapons on Syrian civilians] In 2015, Vox’s Max Fisher (now at the New York Times) wrote that in recent years “Hersh has appeared increasingly to have gone off the rails. His stories, often alleging vast and shadowy conspiracies, have made startling — and often internally inconsistent — accusations, based on little or no proof beyond a handful of anonymous “officials.
        ……..

        There has been sustained criticism of Hersh’s use of anonymous sources. Critics, including Edward Jay Epstein and Amir Taheri, say he is over-reliant on them. Taheri, for example, when reviewing Hersh’s Chain of Command (2004), complained:

        As soon as he has made an assertion he cites a ‘source’ to back it. In every case this is either an un-named former official or an unidentified secret document passed to Hersh in unknown circumstances. By my count Hersh has anonymous ‘sources’ inside 30 foreign governments and virtually every department of the U.S. government.

        In response to an article in The New Yorker in which Hersh alleged that the U.S. government was planning a strike on Iran, U.S. Defense Department spokesman Bryan G. Whitman said, “This reporter has a solid and well-earned reputation for making dramatic assertions based on thinly sourced, unverifiable anonymous sources.”

        In his Bin Laden story, “Hersh relied at least 55 times on an anonymous retired senior intelligence official.”Slate magazine’s James Kirchick wrote, “Readers are expected to believe that the story of the Bin Laden assassination is a giant ‘fairy tale’ on the word of a single, unnamed source… Hersh’s problem is that he evinces no skepticism whatsoever toward what his crank sources tell him, which is ironic considering how cynical he is regarding the pronouncements of the U.S. national security bureaucracy.” Politico wrote in 2015 that Hersh’s reporting had increasingly been called into question due to his “his almost exclusive reliance on anonymous sources.”
        ……..
        7:56, Mueller was not hired to lead a special investigation to deliver anything but the facts he uncovered. He was not hired to be a hero to you, nor was he hired to take down the Trump administration. Gryphen your readers are really just going down the rabbit hole again. Good job. Good job.

  3. Paul July 23, 2019 at 8:07 am

    It appears that the committees will press Mueller on why he did not interview Donald Trump Jr. concerning the secret meeting he, Kushner and Manafort had with the Russians. Kushner and Manafort testified, but Jr., who set up the meeting in hopes of getting Russian-supplied information on Hillary Clinton, did not.

  4. har July 23, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Don’t forget to clear your calendar and get plenty of popcorn. Get some booze to drown your sorrow later.

    You’re such a sad and desperate little blogger.

    Sucks to be you

    • Anon July 23, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      Don’t you have a cut out of Trump to yell at?

      Leave Gryphen out of it.

      He is just reporting what is going on.

      At least he isn’t ‘slanting the news’.

      Cough. Faux News. Cough.

      • Anonymous July 23, 2019 at 7:36 pm

        Reporting lol?

        Make sure those beverages are really cold to help ease the meltdowns at this big nothing burger.

        Mueller has already stated he will not go beyond what he has already provided in the report.

        Not 6:33 here. But… 6:33 is correct and hilarious. Good to see some folks that still have brains coming here and calling out this ludicrous nuttiness for what it is.

        • Who cares what you think July 23, 2019 at 8:46 pm

          No 6:33 there. You are WAY out there hu?

        • Anon July 23, 2019 at 8:47 pm

          No one is saying there is anything to the reporting, but you sure are here to quip about it. Your such a whiner.

  5. Anonymous July 23, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Vile Pile will be ranting on Twitter the entire time.

  6. tangerine twitler bye July 24, 2019 at 12:16 am

    I was thinking about Donald Jr and has I’ve never liked traditions were full names get passed down. Kids are not puppets or molding clay. I just thinking babies deserve their own name.

    Themes are ok, Same letters are cute. I do enjoy moms like Bristol who want their sons to follow suit of one syllable T name like the two best men she knows.

    But a man naming a kid his exact name…is weird IMO. To each his own though I guess.

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