Democrats are popping open the champagne to celebrate their latest coup: Robert Mueller has agreed to testify (under subpoena) before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on July 17. But before Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff get too far into the bubbly, they may want to stop and consider the golden opportunity they’ve just handed to Trump and the Republicans. Because if they think about this upcoming spectacle for more than a minute, they will realize that this has the potential to put the final nail in their witch hunt’s coffin.
“The bottom line is, after all of your looking and all the time you had and all the money you spent, did Trump collude with the Russians? No – Do you stand by your report? – Yes,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Monday night. “It is case-closed for me. They can do anything they want to in the House, and I think it will blow up in their face.”
Graham hit the nail on the head. Democrats have desperately been trying to steer the conversation towards “obstruction” over the last month, but that begs the question: What investigation was Trump supposedly trying to obstruct? Oh, that’s right – the investigation into whether he or any of his team colluded with the Russian government in an attempt to steal the election. How quickly we forget! And what was the outcome of that investigation (which was not, obviously, obstructed in any way)? Yes, it was that Trump is absolutely, 100% not guilty.
Republicans should force Robert Mueller to say that in as many ways as possible when he takes the stand. Just hammer it over and over again until it gets into the bloodstream of the American consciousness. It is literally the only thing that matters.
It should also be noted that Mueller is appearing quite contrary to his will. That means he may very well show up on Capitol Hill with a hostile attitude towards the Democrats, even if his professionalism dictates that he will hide that attitude as well as he can. For all the damage his witch hunt did, we get the idea that Mueller doesn’t particularly appreciate having his work be seen as the bidding of the Democratic Party. He’s not going to sit up there and let the Democrats put words in his mouth. And if he sticks to the facts of the report, well, there’s not much there for Nadler and Schiff to work with.