The Mueller Hearings in One Sentence or Less [Updated]

 
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“That’s outside my purview.” —Mueller’s apparent prepared answer to every Republican question pointing out his blatant bias, through selective investigation and selective citation.

Offer your own favorite one-liner, be it gem or cow patty, in the comments. Mueller really does not seem on top of his game.

Here is the Fox Business live stream:

Here is the C-SPAN link for Mueller before the House Judiciary Committee. This is a two ring circus, so C-SPAN will also carry the House Intelligence Committee Mueller show later in the day. C-SPAN not only avoids all the network spin, painted around the sides of the screen, it also quickly produces a transcript, which is usually very close to all the exact words.


[UPDATE]

Shortly after the performance ended, President Trump walked out and addressed the American people through the media:

He is still standing because he fights.

Here is an afternoon roll-up of one sentence summaries, taken from the comments:

Short takes:

“Dave’s not here, man.”
“There was no predicate”.
“James Comey said so.”
“I don’t recall.”
“Can you repeat the question?”
“I don’t want to speculate.”
“Can I have that citation?” (Right after hearing the citation.)
“I can’t answer that.”
“I’m not going to get into that.” (Of course not.)

Longer one sentence summaries:
I’m starting to get the sense that Mueller didn’t write or read his own report, and didn’t write or read his own letters.

Hate to say it, but he seems like a fumbling old man at times.

This might not be the original Mueller but his imperfect duplicate, “Bizarro Mueller.”

What’s clear here is that Robert Mueller was a figurehead.

If it weren’t for his enabling of the dragging of our country through this mess for 2+ years, and presiding over a report with enough ambiguity to allow the dragging to continue, I would feel sorry for him.

Mueller couldn’t orchestrate a witch hunt because Mueller couldn’t orchestrate an Easter egg hunt.

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  1. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

    “There was no predicate”.

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  2. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

    “James Comey said so.”

    • #2
  3. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

    I don’t recall.

    • #3
  4. Judge Mental Member
    Judge Mental
    @JudgeMental

    “Can you repeat the question?”

    • #4
  5. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    “I don’t want to speculate.”

    • #5
  6. Judge Mental Member
    Judge Mental
    @JudgeMental

    “Can I have that citation?”  (Right after hearing the citation.)

    • #6
  7. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt
    @BrianWatt

    Jim Jordan is a rock star. His questioning of Mueller on why Misfud wasn’t charged was brilliant. I’m waiting for it to show up on YouTube so I can watch it from time to time when I’m feeling all mopey or out-of-sorts.

    • #7
  8. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron
    @JamesGawron

    Cliff,

    Live footage from Mueller hearing we missed.

    Regards,

    Jim

     

    • #8
  9. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards
    @VanceRichards

    Clifford A. Brown: “That’s outside my purview.”

    Yeah, I have heard the word “purview” used more in the past five minutes than I have in my prior 54 years.

    • #9
  10. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher
    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo…
    @GumbyMark

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Jim Jordan is a rock star. His questioning of Mueller on why Misfud wasn’t charged was brilliant. I’m waiting for it to show up on YouTube so I can watch it from time to time when I’m feeling all mopey or out-of-sorts.

    I’ll have to track it down.  I’ve only watched portions but from of those I’ve seen, no one of either party, knows how to ask questions effectively.  Gaetz (R) had some good material but you need drama and he stepped on his best lines.  If he’d slowed down, asked a couple less questions, waited for Mueller to respond, paused and then expressed incredulity it would be more effective.

    And Mueller looks pretty sad and out of it.  I’ve thought all along he was not really leading the investigation and was more of a figurehead controlled by Weissman & Co.  His performance at the press conference and today makes me even more confident of that conclusion.

    • #10
  11. EHerring Coolidge
    EHerring
    @EHerring

    My only question so far, was Mueller just a figurehead? I am beginning to wonder if he had any input at all.

    • #11
  12. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    “Can I have that citation?” (Right after hearing the citation.)

    Woof. He seems really slow and confused.

    • #12
  13. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    This is a dumpster fire.

    • #13
  14. EHerring Coolidge
    EHerring
    @EHerring

    Watch Dems and media pivot to, “Republicans pounce on addled old man.”

    • #14
  15. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Jim Jordan is a rock star. His questioning of Mueller on why Misfud wasn’t charged was brilliant. I’m waiting for it to show up on YouTube so I can watch it from time to time when I’m feeling all mopey or out-of-sorts.

    I’ll have to track it down. I’ve only watched portions but from of those I’ve seen, no one of either party, knows how to ask questions effectively. Gaetz (R) had some good material but you need drama and he stepped on his best lines. If he’d slowed down, asked a couple less questions, waited for Mueller to respond, paused and then expressed incredulity it would be more effective.

    And Mueller looks pretty sad and out of it. I’ve thought all along he was not really leading the investigation and was more of a figurehead controlled by Weissman & Co. His performance at the press conference and today makes me even more confident of that conclusion.

    Gohmert got to that point by asking who wrote his press conference statement. Mueller dodged, so Gohmert said that confirmed someone else wrote the words Mueller delivered.  

    • #15
  16. DrewInWisconsin Member
    DrewInWisconsin
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Democrats’ “questions” are nothing more than stating anti-Trump talking points and directing Mueller to respond “correct,” or “that’s true.”

     

    • #16
  17. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron
    @JamesGawron

    Cliff,

    This hearing could go on for hours.

    Regards,

    Jim

    • #17
  18. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards
    @VanceRichards

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Jim Jordan is a rock star. His questioning of Mueller on why Misfud wasn’t charged was brilliant. I’m waiting for it to show up on YouTube so I can watch it from time to time when I’m feeling all mopey or out-of-sorts.

    I’ll have to track it down. I’ve only watched portions but from of those I’ve seen, no one of either party, knows how to ask questions effectively. Gaetz (R) had some good material but you need drama and he stepped on his best lines. If he’d slowed down, asked a couple less questions, waited for Mueller to respond, paused and then expressed incredulity it would be more effective.

    And Mueller looks pretty sad and out of it. I’ve thought all along he was not really leading the investigation and was more of a figurehead controlled by Weissman & Co. His performance at the press conference and today makes me even more confident of that conclusion.

    Mueller is not coming across as very impressive. Hate to say it, but he seems like a fumbling old man at times. Not a great optic.

    • #18
  19. DrewInWisconsin Member
    DrewInWisconsin
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Vance Richards (View Comment):
    Mueller is not coming across as very impressive. Hate to say it, but he seems like a fumbling old man at times. Not a great optic.

    Doesn’t matter. The Democrats are essentially answering his questions for him, praising him for his courage, and the press will make Mueller into a hero.

    • #19
  20. Bob Thompson Member
    Bob Thompson
    @BobThompson

    EHerring (View Comment):

    My only question so far, was Mueller just a figurehead? I am beginning to wonder if he had any input at all.

    My question: Did you personally select the staff for the investigation?

    • #20
  21. Richard Easton Coolidge
    Richard Easton
    @RichardEaston

    • #21
  22. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt
    @BrianWatt

    Gaetz could have been better and he could have made it more clear when he first started to question Mule Deer that two of the conspirators on record as being part of the resistance to remove an elected president were hired by him and influenced the direction of his entire investigation “…in other words Mr. Mule Deer, you were duped…a useful idiot for the conspirators”….uh…or words to that effect.

    • #22
  23. DrewInWisconsin Member
    DrewInWisconsin
    @DrewInWisconsin

    This hearing is making me hate Democrats more than I thought possible.

    • #23
  24. Judge Mental Member
    Judge Mental
    @JudgeMental

    DrewInWisconsin (View Comment):

    This hearing is making me hate Democrats more than I thought possible.

    One after another says (by rote as a standard phrase) that anyone else would be charged if they did these things.  Andy McCarthy made the excellent point that no one else could have done these things.  A corn farmer in Nebraska isn’t really in the position to fire James Comey or Robert Mueller.

    • #24
  25. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    I can’t answer that.

    • #25
  26. Ed G. Member
    Ed G.
    @EdG

    “I’m not going to get into that.”

    Of course not. 

    • #26
  27. Ed G. Member
    Ed G.
    @EdG

    By the way, what exactly was Mr. Mueller’s purview? If it was an investigation into Russian interference then his incuriosity regarding the origins and veracity of the (foreign) Steele document and Mifsud  is radically incompetent at best. 

    • #27
  28. DrewInWisconsin Member
    DrewInWisconsin
    @DrewInWisconsin

    I’m starting to get the sense that Mueller didn’t write or read his own report, and didn’t write or read his own letters.

    • #28
  29. Ed G. Member
    Ed G.
    @EdG

    Does anyone else get the impression that the Dems are far more coordinated and focused in making a comprehensive case? I understand that there are so many threads for the Republicans to chase down while the Dems really only have one bone to gnaw on. It just seems like our guys could have done better in preparation to distill the main points and to anticipate Mueller’s responses and to game plan lines of questioning to nail him down.

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  30. Judge Mental Member
    Judge Mental
    @JudgeMental

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Does anyone else get the impression that the Dems are far more coordinated and focused in making a comprehensive case? I understand that there are so many threads for the Republicans to chase down while the Dems really only have one bone to gnaw on. It just seems like our guys could have done better in preparation to distill the main points and to anticipate Mueller’s responses and to game plan lines of questioning to nail him down.

    They’re doing five points on obstruction from volume 2 in this hearing.  Expect the other five this afternoon.

    • #30

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