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July 24, 2019

Why Is It “Bombshell” Congressional Testimony Always Blows Up in the Faces of Those Who Call the Witness?

Filed under: Politics — cpirrong @ 3:03 pm

If you want to bet your life on a sure thing, put your money on “bombshell” testimony before a Congressional committee blowing up in the faces of the bloviating legislators who call the witness. Think Ollie North. Any of the Dan Burton hearings on Bill Clinton. And think Robert Mueller.

On the old show You Bet Your Life, Groucho Marx would ask a particularly hapless contestant “who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?” so they would at least get one question right. Nobody asked Mueller that question today. Probably because no one was quite sure whether he could answer it correctly.

Mueller stumbled through his testimony like an extra in Walking Dead. It was beyond embarrassing, and left no doubt that he was the Special Counsel In Name Only, aka the Titular Head of the Office of Special Counsel.

Astoundingly, he claimed no knowledge of Christopher Steele or Fusion GPS. Beyond his purview, you see.

Cue Sergeant Schultz.

Meaning that Andrew Weissman or some other equally loathsome lawyer was the real driving force here.

It was sickly amusing that at the 11th hour Mueller aide Aaron Zebley was allowed to participate in the hearing. It was sickly ironic that in a hearing that focused on obstruction of justice involved a lawyer who represented one of Hillary’s aides who smashed her Blackberry to bits with a hammer.

The entire thing never even rose to the level of farce. In so doing, it demonstrated the outrageousness of the entire Mueller investigation–pardon, I mean, Weissman investigation. It never should have happened and everyone involved with it should do penance for a thousand lifetimes.

But you know they never will, which is a telling commentary on the sad state of the American republic.

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  1. Spaghetti alla Putinesca.

    Comment by dearieme — July 24, 2019 @ 6:14 pm

  2. @SWP…The game shows of the 1950s used the question, “who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?” but they inadvertently dumbed it down.
    The answer is not ‘Grant’. The answer is ‘no one’.
    The original twist of the question, at the time, was not the ‘who’, but ‘buried’.
    Grant was interred, not buried, in his tomb.
    I enjoy the frequent history stories here, and you can certainly tell the sad story of Grant’s interment.

    Comment by Richard Whitney — July 24, 2019 @ 9:04 pm

  3. The DonkeyRats thought that they could make a rock star out of Mueller, who is, by nature, not that type.

    The way they tried to do it was by leading/loaded questions:

    “why did Trump start killing children?”

    “isn’t it true that Trump is guilty of every conceivable crime on the planet?”

    Didn’t work.

    And all of it definitely gave the impression, as noted above, that Mueller was only a Titular Head, as noted above.

    And I could see this despite catching only very brief glimpses of this particular episode.

    So the DonkeyRats have tried everything – and I mean everything – to bring Trump down, day after day. Even Stormy Daniels and the Creepy Porn Lawyer, who presidential aspirations.
    Trick after trick, day in and day out.

    Now Fat Noodler and SEG (shit-eating-grin) Schiftt put on this last gasp, desperate lame brain show – the Little Rascals would have done far better.

    They also hoped and prayed that they could tie Epstein and his Lolita Express to Trump – instead, it points to Klinton and others.

    Now they are reduced to the Mueller lead balloon and calling Trump a nazi and his campaign stops “Nuremberg rallies.”

    They should have tried animatronics (Disney style) – bring in a fake Mueller, all wired up, with Mueller’s aide at the controls.

    Comment by elmer — July 25, 2019 @ 8:05 am

  4. I watched my local TV news coverage of the hearing and all I saw was Mueller saying Trump was not exonerated and the investigation was not a witch hunt. Gee I wonder what their politics are?

    Comment by Andrew Stanton — July 25, 2019 @ 9:05 am

  5. Was Mueller feigning mental confusion in the hope of escaping arrest?

    Comment by dearieme — July 26, 2019 @ 3:26 am

  6. I think @dearieme has it correct. We know from his history that Mueller is a dirty cop and does what dirty cops do, but if Barr is actually pursuing some of the administrative and prosecutorial abuse, and with best-defense-being-good-offense no longer a realistic play, looking dumb and senile is a rational strategy.

    Comment by M. Rad. — July 27, 2019 @ 8:04 pm

  7. @M. Rad & @dearieme. Feigning mental defect to impede prosecution is a tactic that has been employed by many mafia figures over the years. Given that Mueller and Weissman both have extensive experience in mob prosecutions, and hence were no doubt aware of this tactic, it is plausible that they decided to employ it here to avoid being held accountable. Pretty staggering thought, though, that a guy who had heretofore had a sterling reputation (not that I believed it) would consider his straits so desperate that he would have to pretend to be senile, like some mobster facing life in prison.

    Comment by cpirrong — July 31, 2019 @ 10:38 am

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