It’s time to Break It Down!
Democrats will introduce the first two of their winnowing debates tonight and tomorrow night, conservative media are savaging the contenders in advance of the onset of formalities, a GOP Congressman, Duncan Hunter, CA, is alleged to have used campaign funds to pay for extramarital affairs with lobbyists and staff, while another woman has accused Donald Trump of sexual assault. Most any day of most any week, any one of those stories could vie for news-of-the-day status. But not today!
In last night’s breaking news, word emerged that Robert Mueller, by virtue of a subpoena, has reached terms to testify before two House Congressional Committees on July 17th. By my reckoning, that is today’s top news story.
It’s true it’s unlikely to go over well at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. And over in the Senate Chamber where Mitch McConnell has, on behalf of his GOP Majority, already dismissed any interest whatsoever in talking to Mueller, the action will likely be met by a shrug and a yawn.
Elsewhere though…last night, the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees released an announcement that the special counsel will appear and answer questions in public for the first time since he initiated the 22-month investigation that culminated in the Mueller Report. The vast majority of Americans have not read the 448-page report, even in the redacted format. Now it appears we will get to hear Mueller himself answer questions about the probe. In a joint statement issued by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, the two said:
“Americans have demanded to hear directly from the Special Counsel so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia’s attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign’s acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates’ obstruction of the investigation into that attack.”
Congressman Schiff added, the two committees will question Mueller separately, and that the Intelligence Committee will question Mueller’s staff in closed session afterward. It is fair to say Mueller’s testimony is highly anticipated. While the staff will testify in closed session, it is equally assured that a read out of their testimony is also feedback millions of Americans are looking forward to hearing.
Democrats, the Justice Department, and Mueller’s team spent weeks negotiating before resorting to issuing the subpoenas. They attempted to persuade him to testify voluntarily. When those efforts failed, they played the subpoena card.
I’ve long held the position that Trump is ours (the American people’s) until he’d not, as in, until he is unelected, or until he has served two terms, whichever comes first. I simply do not view impeachment (Senate conviction) as the means by which Trump will exit office. Who knows? I’ve been wrong before. Meanwhile…”Next: Mr. Mueller Goes To Congress!”
I’m done; holla back!
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