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Attorney General Barr Orders Federal Bureau Of Prisons to Resume Executions

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FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, Department of Corrections officials look through a window from the witness room at right, outside the newly renovated death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. The United States was the only country in the Americas to execute people in 2014, according to a report by Amnesty Internaitonal release don Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Attorney General Bill Barr has ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons to set execution dates for five federal prisoners. This marks the end of a hiatus in federal executions that began after the 2003 execution of Louis Jones for the kidnapping and rape of an Army private stationed at Goodfellow AFB, TX. Via Department of Justice.

“Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Attorney General Barr said. “Under Administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals, including these five murderers, each of whom was convicted by a jury of his peers after a full and fair proceeding. The Justice Department upholds the rule of law—and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”

There are 62 people currently on the federal death row at Terre Hause, IN. Sixty-one men and one woman. The longest resident is Corey Johnson who was sentenced to death in 1993 for a series of drug-related killings. As part of the announcement, Barr named the specific cases that were to move forward.

Daniel Lewis Lee, a member of a white supremacist group, murdered a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl. After robbing and shooting the victims with a stun gun, Lee covered their heads with plastic bags, sealed the bags with duct tape, weighed down each victim with rocks, and threw the family of three into the Illinois bayou. On May 4, 1999, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas found Lee guilty of numerous offenses, including three counts of murder in aid of racketeering, and he was sentenced to death. Lee’s execution is scheduled to occur on Dec. 9, 2019.

Lezmond Mitchell stabbed to death a 63-year-old grandmother and forced her nine-year-old granddaughter to sit beside her lifeless body for a 30 to 40-mile drive. Mitchell then slit the girl’s throat twice, crushed her head with 20-pound rocks, and severed and buried both victims’ heads and hands. On May 8, 2003, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona found Mitchell guilty of numerous offenses, including first degree murder, felony murder, and carjacking resulting in murder, and he was sentenced to death. Mitchell’s execution is scheduled to occur on Dec. 11, 2019.

Wesley Ira Purkey violently raped and murdered a 16-year-old girl, and then dismembered, burned, and dumped the young girl’s body in a septic pond. He also was convicted in state court for using a claw hammer to bludgeon to death an 80-year-old woman who suffered from polio and walked with a cane. On Nov. 5, 2003, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri found Purkey guilty of kidnapping a child resulting in the child’s death, and he was sentenced to death. Purkey’s execution is scheduled to occur on Dec. 13, 2019.

Alfred Bourgeois physically and emotionally tortured, sexually molested, and then beat to death his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. On March 16, 2004, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas found Bourgeois guilty of multiple offenses, including murder, and he was sentenced to death. Bourgeois’ execution is scheduled to occur on Jan. 13, 2020.

Dustin Lee Honken shot and killed five people—two men who planned to testify against him and a single, working mother and her ten-year-old and six-year-old daughters. On Oct. 14, 2004, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa found Honken guilty of numerous offenses, including five counts of murder during the course of a continuing criminal enterprise, and he was sentenced to death. Honken’s execution is scheduled to occur on Jan. 15, 2020.

The cases on this list, going by the date of the official year of sentencing are Purkey (1998), Lee (2002), Mitchell (2003), Bourgeois (2004), and Honken (2004) (I’m using the DPIC information which is a bit different from the DOJ data). There are seven convicts who have been on federal death row longer that the first one on this list.

While I’m assuming that these cases have received the most complete judicial review one can help but notice that there is an ethnic balance of sorts. The ethnic make up of death row is 27 whites, 26 blacks, 7 Hipanics, 1 Asian and 1 American Indian. The cases pulled are those of three whites, one black, and one American Indian. The commonality linking them that all murdered children. One of the cases is a soldier in a white supremacist group based in, you guessed it, Arkansas. All of the cases seem pretty open and shut…no shakey forensic work…and none of the defendants are all that likely to garner much sympathy.

On a personal note, I have grave concerns about the death penalty. I’ve not reached the stage of being an abolitionist but given the way in which we administer it, I have doubts that it does much of anything other than prevent some recidivism. But, if the law is on the books it needs to be enforced. While I’m not crazy about the death penalty I do applaud Barr for ensuring the laws are faithfully executed.

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Leftwing Journo Makes Bizarre Claim That Mueller Testified That the Kremlin Was Blackmailing Trump

A lot of strange stuff came out of the rather bizarre hearing yesterday that featured a befuddled Robert Mueller being asked questions about a document with which obviously didn’t have a passing acquaintance. Left with a dog’s breakfast of failure, that portion of the leftwing media which has any interest in its reputation averted its eyes and pressed on to different pressing topics. Like the temperature.

But those who were deeply invested in the fraudulent investigation instigated by the Clinton campaign, nursed by the Obama administration, and carried into execution by James Comey and Robert Mueller had little choice but to ignore the “first rule of holes” and dig in deeper else their entire professional existence since October 2016 would be revealed to be a shameful lie. One of those, unsurprisingly, was Jonathan Chait. His contribution is Mueller Testifies Russia Had Blackmail on Trump.

The most interesting and newsworthy portion of Robert Mueller’s six hours of testimony before the House yesterday came in the final two exchanges of the day, long after the narrative was set and the national media had grown bored. In those ten minutes, Mueller confirmed that Russia had blackmail leverage over Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.

This is a pretty definite statement. Not “might.” Not “what if.” But “had.” Funny that we should only hear of that now considering we’ve had access to top secret information on the probe courtesy of non-stop leaks from the CIA, FBI, DOJ, disgruntled White House staffers, and, last but by no means least, the Special Counsel’s office for over two years and we have a report by the Special Counsel or whoever was playing Edgar Bergen to Mueller’s Charlie McCarthy. The only problem is that it’s a lie.

These are the exchanges that Chait puts on the rack and stretches until they support his masturbatory fantasy:

KRISHNAMOORTHI: As you noted in volume two of your report, Donald Trump repeated five times in one press conference, Mr. Mueller, in 2016, “I have nothing to do with Russia.” Of course Michael Cohen said Donald Trump was not being truthful, because at this time Trump was attempting to build Trump Tower Moscow. Your report does not address whether Donald Trump was compromised in any way because of any potential false statements that he made about Trump Tower Moscow, correct?

MUELLER: I think that’s right — I think that’s right.

Huh? Mueller is agreeing with Krishnamoothi’s question…he thinks.

Next up is Adam “My DNA is not partially from an insect” Schiff:

SCHIFF: The need to act in an ethical manner is not just a moral one, but when people act unethically it also exposes them to compromise, particularly in dealing with foreign powers, is that true?

MUELLER: True.

SCHIFF: Because when someone acts unethically in connection with a foreign partner, that foreign partner can expose their wrongdoing and extort them.

MUELLER: True.

SCHIFF: And that conduct — that unethical conduct can be of a financial nature if you have a financial motive or elicit business dealing, am I right?

MUELLER: Yes.

SCHIFF: It could also just involve deception. If you are lying about something that can be exposed, then you can be blackmailed.

MUELLER: Also true.

What educated people with an IQ well to the right side of the intelligence Bell Curve might see as Mueller agreeing with a series of statements by Schiff, Chait sees as a brilliant effort that extracted a hidden truth.

SCHIFF: Well, let’s look at Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson for the Kremlin, someone that the Trump organization was in contact with to make that deal happen. Your report indicates that Michael Cohen had a long conversation on the phone with someone from Dmitry Peskov’s office. Presumably, the Russians could have tape-recorded that conversation, could they not?

MUELLER: Yes.

SCHIFF: And so we have candidate Trump who’s saying, “I have no dealings with the Russians,” but if the Russians had a tape recording, they could expose that, could they not?

MUELLER: Yes.

And Chait sums up this Caesar salad of bullsh** with:

The media narrative has treated Russian leverage over Trump as a paranoid scenario debunked by the Mueller report. But Mueller was not looking primarily to resolve whether Russia had leverage over Trump. And yet he managed to turn up proof anyway.

But Mueller did have the facts. The proof was sitting there in the report all along, and yesterday — in blunt, simple, and chilling terms — he actually confirmed what this all meant.

Contrary to what Chait was furiously keyboarding with his left hand, all you have here is Mueller answering in monosyllables to hypothetical questions tossed out by one of the most batsh** crazy members of either party. Personally, I don’t think Trump is susceptible to blackmail because I’ve yet to see evidence that it is possible for him to be embarrassed. That aside, what we do know is that a) there was no Trump real estate deal in Russia, we know with great certainty that any phone conversation between any US person and someone in the Russian foreign ministry would have been vacuumed out of the ether by the NSA and would have been revealed via a leak long before now.

No. Mueller didn’t say the Russians had compromised Trump. No. Mueller didn’t imply the Russians had compromised Trump. If something this extraordinary had happened, more credible people would be reporting it. It simply didn’t happen and the evidence Chait presents demonstrates conclusively that Chait is lying. Why is he lying? Well, he’s built a career on it, why give up on a proven strategy at this stage of the game?

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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin: House Democrats’ Investigations Have Been A ‘Wall-To-Wall’ Failure

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On Wednesday night’s episode of “Anderson Cooper 360,” a group of panelists were discussing the strategy of House Democrats going forward in the wake of the disastrous Mueller hearings.

CNN’s legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, made an extraordinary comment: (video below)

You know what might be a good idea for the Democrats in the House of Representatives is to find out something. You know, I mean, they got control of the House of Representatives and they were gonna do investigations. Name one thing that any of these investigations have uncovered. Now we’re almost at the summer recess. What are they doing?

They have been stymied by the president. They have run into unprecedented, you know, interference from the president but I mean, let’s not kid ourselves. This has been a wall to wall failure in all these committees.

More remarkable still, CNN’s Kirsten Powers agreed with him. Some began making excuses for their lack of progress, such as ‘these court cases can take some time,’ but generally, none of the panelists actually disagreed with Toobin.

Toobin is absolutely correct. For the past seven months, House Democrats have devoted themselves to the destruction of President Trump. They haven’t landed any fatal blows, or really many not so fatal blows. They have focused on impeachment to the exclusion of all other duties.

Now, the August recess is upon them and they have accomplished nothing.

Following the hearings, several Democrats tried to put a positive spin on their future strategy regarding the President. CNN reported:

Publicly, Democrats called the Mueller hearings an important step on Wednesday, where the special counsel explained that his investigation did not exonerate the President, detailed how his actions toward Russia and WikiLeaks were problematic, and outlined what they see is a clear case of obstruction of justice, even if Mueller would not say so explicitly.

“For people who are not (familiar with the report), this should have blown their minds,” said Rep. Ted Lieu, a California Democrat who backs an impeachment inquiry.

Squad ally Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said of the hearings, “I think it was groundbreaking.” She added that “she thought Mueller had moved the needle for the public and her own caucus.”

This should have blown our minds? It was groundbreaking? Not so much.

Surely they know that yesterday’s debacle marked the end of the road for their impeachment dreams.

At least Toobin and Powers were willing to admit it.

Watch the video: (The relevant segment starts at 36:18)

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“Blackground”: TDS Sufferer Bette Midler Blasted by Other Celebs After Racist Rant About Black Trump Supporters

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Just days after sinking to new lows with a despicable slut-shaming tweet about former Sen. Al Franken’s #MeToo accuser Leeann Tweeden, unhinged Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferer Bette Midler is at it again.

Midler’s latest target is black Trump supporters. Apparently in her warped mind, the only way a black person can show support for Trump is if they are paid to do it:

Other Hollywood celebrities weighed in and absolutely blasted her for it:

Macdonald, by the way, also slammed Midler for her tweet about Tweeden:

Middler’s insulting and, frankly, unAmerican insinuation that black voters should by default be toeing the liberal line is reminiscent of Democratic Squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s Netroots Nation call to arms from earlier this month where she said this to the liberal audience:

Pressley’s rant inspired North Carolina Trump supporter Shemeka Michelle to post her own video asking if her black voice met with Pressley’s approval.

Michelle issued a video response to Midler’s tweet Thursday afternoon and WENT. OFF:

You go, girl.

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“Blackground”: TDS Sufferer Bette Midler Blasted by Other Celebs After Racist Rant About Black Trump Supporters

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Just days after sinking to new lows with a despicable slut-shaming tweet about former Sen. Al Franken’s #MeToo accuser Leeann Tweeden, unhinged Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferer Bette Midler is at it again.

Midler’s latest target is black Trump supporters. Apparently in her warped mind, the only way a black person can show support for Trump is if they are paid to do it:

Other Hollywood celebrities weighed in and absolutely blasted her for it:

Macdonald, by the way, also slammed Midler for her tweet about Tweeden:

Middler’s insulting and, frankly, unAmerican insinuation that black voters should by default be toeing the liberal line is reminiscent of Democratic Squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s Netroots Nation call to arms from earlier this month where she said this to the liberal audience:

Pressley’s rant inspired North Carolina Trump supporter Shemeka Michelle to post her own video asking if her black voice met with Pressley’s approval.

Michelle issued a video response to Midler’s tweet Thursday afternoon and WENT. OFF:

You go, girl.

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Marble Halls & Silver Screens Ep. 78 The Political Theatrics Edition

On this week’s episode of Marble Halls & Silver Screens, we get into the theatrics of politics, as Sarah deconstructs the craziness of Wednesday’s sham Congressional testimony of one Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

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and Brad details how AOC staged a photo-op where she was seen crying while gazing sadly out across an access road:

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We also get into Harvard’s feminist catfishing mark Bruce Hay, who might actually be the most gullible man alive and how that could be a sad indicator of the state of higher education in general:

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And how the new Top Gun sequel “Maverick” — for all its American might — could be playing to Communist China given the increasing relevance of that nation in all things cinema:

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Finally, we discuss just exactly what it is that’s driving Netflix’s numbers down (hint: Disney’s coming to streaming).

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It Sure Looks Like Robert Mueller Didn’t Even Write That “Snitty” Letter to AG Bill Barr

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As several of us have written over the past twenty four hours, one of the key takeaways from Robert Mueller’s disastrous testimony yesterday was that he not a man in charge of his own investigation. Time and time again, we saw evidence of that spill out in the hearings. Mueller often didn’t know basic facts and he couldn’t recall things that were in his own report. He also patently refused to answer any questions, even questions clearly in bounds, that wouldn’t allow him to give a boilerplate deflection referencing the report, again calling into question his knowledge.

One such instance involved a much discussed letter from Robert Mueller to Attorney General Bill Barr. Billed as a “bombshell” by left-wing media, it contained a claim that Barr’s initial summary of the top line findings failed to “fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Mueller report.

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III wrote a letter in late March complaining to Attorney General William P. Barr that a four-page memo to Congress describing the principal conclusions of the investigation into President Trump “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of Mueller’s work, according to a copy of the letter reviewed Tuesday by The Washington Post.

This was of course nonsense. Barr’s release of the top line findings was, by its very definition, not meant to reveal all the context and substance of the report. Something stunk about that letter, as well as the way it got to The Washington Post. The tone was also unlike Mueller according to Bill Barr, who called it “snitty,” speculating that someone else wrote it.

Republicans brought all this up in yesterday’s hearings and while Mueller naturally obfuscated, he said enough to basically confirm the speculation.

Here was the first exchange.

Madeleine Dean:          00:07                Thank you. I wanted to ask you about public confusion connected with Attorney General Barr’s release of your report. I will be quoting your March 27th letter. Sir, in that letter, and at several other times, did you convey to the Attorney General that the “Introductions and executive summaries of our two volume report accurately summarize this office’s work and conclusions.”?

Robert Mueller:            00:35                I’d have to say that the letter itself speaks for itself.

Madeleine Dean:          00:39                And those were your words in that letter. Continuing with your letter, you wrote to the Attorney General that “The summary letter that the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24th did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions.” Is that correct?

Robert Mueller:            01:00                Again, I rely on the letter itself for its terms.

Madeleine Dean:          01:04                Thank you. What was it about the reports, context, nature, substance, that the Attorney General’s letter did not capture?

Robert Mueller:            01:12                I think we captured that in a March 27th responsive letter.

Madeleine Dean:          01:17                And this is from the 27th letter. What were some of the specifics that you thought-

Robert Mueller:            01:22                I direct you to the letter itself.

Madeleine Dean:          01:24                Okay. You finished that letter by saying, “There is now public confusion about critical aspects as a result of our investigation.” Could you tell us specifically some of the public confusion you identified?

Robert Mueller:            01:39                Not generally. Again, I go back to the letter. The letter speaks for itself

Madeleine Dean:          01:41                And could Attorney General Barr have avoided public confusion if he had released your summaries and executive introduction and summaries?

Robert Mueller:            01:49                I don’t feel comfortable speculating on that.

Mueller continually points to the letter itself, even though the letter doesn’t provide the answers to the questions being asked. Keep in mind, this letter is not covered under any privilege and was actually leaked by Mueller’s own office. Yet, he refuses to answer even the most basic questions about why he wrote it and what its purpose was.

Then things started to break down for Mueller. He’d later be asked about the letter again, including its leaking.

Martha Roby:                03:59                On March 27, 2019, you wrote a letter to the attorney general essentially complaining about the media coverage of your report. You wrote, and I quote, “The summary letter the department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 didn’t not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions. We communicated that concern to the department on the morning of March 25th. There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the result of our investigation.” Who wrote that March 27th letter?

Robert Mueller:            04:29                Well, I can’t get into who wrote it. The internal deliberation-

Martha Roby:                04:36                But you signed it.

Robert Mueller:            04:37                What I will say is, the letter stands for itself.

Martha Roby:                04:39                Okay. Why did you write a formal letter since you had already called the attorney general to express those concerns?

Robert Mueller:            04:45                I can’t get into that. Internal deliberations.

Translation: He didn’t write the letter.

Someone who was confident in A) what the letter said and B) that he wrote it, would not refuse to answer a question as basic as “who wrote the letter.” He also would be able to deal with the letter’s accusations instead of constantly saying the letter stands for itself, which it does not. How does the letter answer the question of why he didn’t just call Bill Barr? It simply doesn’t.

Rep. Roby would then press Mueller on the letter’s leaking and that only led to more confusion.

Martha Roby:                04:47                Did you authorize the letter’s release to the media, or was it leaked?

Robert Mueller:            04:52                I have no knowledge on either.

Martha Roby:                04:55                Well you went nearly two years without a leak. Why was this letter leaked?

Robert Mueller:            05:00                Well, I can’t get into it.

Martha Roby:                05:02                Was this letter written and leaked for the express purpose of attempting to change the narrative about the conclusions of your report? And was anything in Attorney General Barr’s letter, referred to as principal conclusions, inaccurate?

Speaker 3:                    05:15                The time of the gentle lady is expired. The gentle lady [crosstalk 00:05:17]

Martha Roby:                05:16                Can he answer the question, please?

Robert Mueller:            05:21                And the question is?

Speaker 3:                    05:21                He may answer the question.

Martha Roby:                05:21                Was anything in Attorney General Barr’s letter, referred to as the principal conclusions letter dated March 24th, inaccurate?

Robert Mueller:            05:28                Well, I am not going to get into that.

Speaker 3:                    05:31                Time of the gentle lady is expired.

Huh?

So he can’t tell us who wrote the letter. He can’t tell us who leaked the letter and claims to not know. He can’t even say that there was nothing inaccurate in his letter. This doesn’t sound like a man who was in control of his own investigation. It sounds like his “deputies” wrote this letter and put it in front of him to sign. I’m not sure if Mueller was truly so out of it that he couldn’t even process what was going on, but its pretty jarring to see him unable to answer baseline questions about a letter he claims is his words.

Mueller would later say in testimony that he didn’t even believe his office leaked the letter. That’s simply an insane contention given the letter originated from his office and that there’s no logical reason Bill Barr would have leaked it given it was harmful to his account.

The only thing that makes sense here is what’s becoming more and more obvious. Robert Mueller was a figurehead. A nominal “Republican” providing cover for a team of partisans that were actually running the show. Andrew Weissmann clearly had more power and more say in the Mueller report than Robert Mueller himself did. That’s apparent by not only the wording at times, but by the presence of Part II (which breaks DOJ guidelines on slandering unindicted people) and Mueller’s own inability to discuss his own report.

The bottom line is this. Mueller never should have been appointed as special counsel, especially if as Sen. Graham claims, that it was common knowledge that Mueller was “mentally feeble.”

What we ended up with was a group of Hillary donors, including people who attended her “victory” party, running wild. They ignored criminality by others in a rabid pursuit of only people connected to Donald Trump. Robert Mueller showed little control over his investigation and allowed DOJ policy to be blatantly violated.

This was a travesty of justice and there needs to be a reckoning.

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The Democrats Don’t Know It, but They Handed Trump a Great Gift With the Mueller Debacle

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The Mueller Report is a dead horse, but Democrats are beating the corpse into atoms.

The entire display on Wednesday came off as pathetic and Director Robert Mueller received such a shellacking from Republicans that I almost started to feel sorry for him, or would have if he didn’t amount to a dirty cop using his position to punish political opponents.

It was pretty clear that Democrats came away looking pretty bad. Even CNN was throwing in the towel and declaring the entire spectacle a win for President Donald Trump who can now laugh at any mention of the word “impeachment.”

Impeachment was something that Democrats wanted so badly they would desperately try to fan any hot embers within the dead fire of the Mueller investigation to see if they could get a flame from it. Maybe they didn’t mean to, but this desperation tells us something very interesting.

Democrats have zero faith in their candidates in the upcoming 2020 elections.

I realize that Democrats had put a lot of time, effort, and set-up into bringing down Trump and that just letting this go once Mueller found no obstruction or collusion would be a hard thing to do. The fact that they’re reducing themselves to taking a second crack at an investigation’s findings that they already know produced nothing says that despite the vast field of choices in the Democrat candidate pool, not one of them is worth investing time in.

Not long ago, former VP Joe Biden rolled out his campaign platform but Democrats didn’t seem to care. As my colleague Kira Davis wrote earlier this month, Biden released his platform and no one seemed to notice. Democrats and the media were all fixated on Trump and his Twitter account.

This is Donald Trump’s main threat within the 2020 Democratic herd and neither Trump, nor Biden’s fellow Democrats, thought it necessary to give Biden the time of day. In truth, Biden is the last, best hope to get Trump out of the White House but Democrats seem to have no faith in him. The Democratic powers that be were pretty outraged about him from the beginning anyway, sneering in his direction because, after electing a black man and nominating a woman, the Democrats were reverting back to a white man as their leader.

To Democrats, it would seem that Trump’s 2020 victory is inevitable. To be clear, they look so darkly on their own party’s chances in 2020 that they turned to something that had already failed them. That’s how bad it is for the left at this moment.

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Why Did House Democrats Disregard Warnings Of Mueller’s ‘Condition’?

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Especially to those who have known and worked with former special counsel Robert Mueller over his long career in law enforcement, his performance before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on Wednesday came as a shock.

Matt Drudge described him as “dazed and confused.”

“At times it was halting and slow and painful,” said Fox News’ Brett Baier.

Glenn Kirschner, a former federal prosecutor who worked under Mueller in the U.S. attorney’s office tweeted, “Bob Mueller is struggling. It strikes me as a health issue. We need only look at footage of his earlier congressional appearances to see the dramatic difference in his demeanor and communicative abilities.”

The former Special Counsel, who will turn 75 in two weeks, appeared in both looks and demeanor to be at least ten years older. He asked for most questions to be repeated.  At a certain point, it became difficult to watch and I almost began to feel sorry for this man whom I’ve despised for two years.

Why would Democrats subject a man in Robert Mueller’s obviously frail condition to over six torturous hours of testimony? How did House Democrats allow yesterday’s debacle on Capitol Hill to ever happen?

According to Politico, people close to Mueller were whispering that he may not be “up to” testifying before Congress. Politico reported:

House Democrats caught wind of Robert Mueller’s reluctance earlier this year: the special counsel may not be “up to” testifying after he concluded his Russia probe.

The chatter was second-hand and cryptic. Staffers negotiating to get Mueller to appear on Capitol Hill weren’t sure where the messages were originally coming from. Were people close to Mueller sending a signal? Or was it just Justice Department officials who didn’t want the blockbuster hearing to go forward? Were there fears that Mueller’s reputation would be savaged in the hyper-partisan political circus of 2019? Were there stamina concerns?

“Take a break and listen on the radio, or close your eyes for a couple of minutes. He sounds much older — his starched, tall, distinguished physical appearance helps a great deal,” a former senior FBI official told Politico.

“He is clearly struggling a little, especially with long, convoluted questions. Having said that, even Mueller at his peak would be playing it very conservatively and would be giving short, curt answers,” added a second former FBI official.

I noticed that something seemed amiss with Mueller during his nine-minute “sneak attack” on May 29th. I wrote at the time:

If you watch Mueller’s demeanor, especially when he first steps up to the podium, he appears extremely ill at ease. It’s hard to imagine that such a powerful man would be quite so nervous, but he appeared petrified. And all he had to do was read something. He gave the impression that if he had to answer a serious question, he would explode.

He also made it clear that he was done. He would not take questions now or at anytime later, telling those gathered that the report speaks for itself.

Conservative commentator Mark Levin went even further. He said that Mueller appeared feeble. “This is not a man who would do well under seven, eight, nine hours of questioning, with the Republicans honing in on so many issues.”

Boy, was he right. And all Mueller had to do that day was read a statement.

Hot Air’s Allapundit offered his theories for why, knowing about Mueller’s condition, Nadler and Schiff were so determined to have him testify.

Progressives demanded it, and thus they were duty bound to haul him in whether he was “up to” it or not to prove their loyalty to The Cause. They weren’t about to say, “We can’t have him testify because he’s lost a step.” That would have undermined the credibility of the investigation, not to mention impugned Mueller. Better to bring him in and cross their fingers that his answers would sound cogent.

Another theory, if you’re into skullduggery, is that they wanted to cool the left’s impeachment ardor and were counting on a bad performance today by Mueller to do that. Certainly, the House is less likely to impeach now after listening to this than they were a month ago, no?

I agree with the former. I would add that this was their last opportunity to make their case for impeachment.

But given Mueller’s health, subjecting him to six hours of public testimony was cruel and, as it turned out,  a miscalculation of epic proportions.

Their dreams of impeaching President Trump are dead.

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NeverTrump Keeps the Home Fires Burning For Robert Mueller Because OrangeManBad

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Yesterday, we saw a tired and doddering Robert Mueller spend some five hours demonstrating that he really hadn’t the vaguest idea about a) the facts in the report he allegedly oversaw, or b) who wrote the report, or c) who even prepared his office’s rejoinder to Attorney General Bob Barr’s summary. While the performance was so bad that even the Democrats noticed, there was one resolute group who held firm to the belief that Robert Mueller was anything but a puppet who participated in a soft coup attempt. This is a two-fer.

The facts show that by the time Mueller came on board as Special Counsel the FBI had thoroughly vetted the driving force behind the entire investigation, that would be the Steele Dossier:

Multiple sources familiar with the FBI spreadsheet tell me the vast majority of Steele’s claims were deemed to be wrong, or could not be corroborated even with the most awesome tools available to the U.S. intelligence community. One source estimated the spreadsheet found upward of 90 percent of the dossier’s claims to be either wrong, nonverifiable or open-source intelligence found with a Google search.

In other words, it was mostly useless.

The FBI already knew the rumor of “dirt” on Clinton that was passed to George Stephanopoulos was false and that its source was Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic who appears to be an asset of one or more Western intelligence agencies. A man who lied repeatedly to the FBI yet was never indicted, much less arrested, tried and convicted. (See Jim Jordan Fillets Mueller on Joseph Mifsud Not Being Charged, Exposes Serious Credibility Issues With the Probe.)

You can call Mueller honorable if you wish, but I think it is a stretch to consider carrying out a two year investigation into charges that were known to be false on Day One as anything but criminal misconduct. Professionals don’t go after individual Americans with the intent to deprive them of their freedom simply of the sake of building a body count.

There was other ridiculousness out there. One particularly bizarre claim was that the GOP failed because they asked questions about Steele and about Fusion GPS. I suspect that critique was more due to Mueller claiming to have never heard of the firm that brokered the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and two of its stringers at Trump Tower than anything else. How better to cover up his dottiness than by claiming people with actual law degrees and prosecutorial experience don’t know what they are doing.

And, after burning through “they are more noble” and “Republicans are stupid” the final turn is to “both sides are bad, but Republicans are worse.” This is an example of the this tired bullsh**:

Republicans were even worse — far worse. At least a number of Democrats carefully highlighted parts of Mueller’s report that merited elucidation. Every single Republican acted as if the report were an entirely illegitimate exercise and as if the president were their client. Forget the congressional job of oversight of the executive.

This was lickspittle toadyism at its worst.

Does not a single one of those Republicans care about the vast degree of Russia’s attempts to undermine a U.S. election? Is none of them bothered by Trump’s obvious attempts to impede a valid national security-related investigation (even if those attempts to impede may not have risen to the level of impeachable “obstruction”)? Is no Republican bothered by the Trump team’s documented interest in receiving assistance from Russians with Kremlin ties, even if none engaged in a criminal conspiracy?

To repeat, their job is not to protect Trump. Their job is to protect our republic. Republicans contradicted their own name by leaving our small-‘r’ republican systems undefended. This is a dereliction of duty. This is worse than shameful. This is grossly, despicably, willfully irresponsible.

This is all total hogwash. A hearing is just that. A hearing. Mueller was there to explain and defend his report, much of which ran contrary to information that had been widely circulated not to mention common sense. For instance, Mueller, himself, did not claim the Russian government interfered. In fact, Mueller’s team was chastised by a federal judge for making that implication without providing evidence.

In fact, Mueller does not directly attribute that campaign to the Russian government, and makes only the barest attempt to imply a Kremlin connection. According to Mueller, the social media “form of Russian election influence came principally from the Internet Research Agency, LLC (IRA), a Russian organization funded by Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin and companies he controlled.”

After two years and $35 million, Mueller apparently failed to uncover any direct evidence linking the Prigozhin-controlled IRA’s activities to the Kremlin. His best evidence is that “[n]umerous media sources have reported on Prigozhin’s ties to Putin, and the two have appeared together in public photographs.” The footnote for this references a lone article in the New York Times. (Both the Times and the Washington Post are cited frequently throughout the report. The two outlets received and published intelligence community leaks throughout the Russia probe.)

Further, in a newly unsealed July 1 ruling, a federal judge rebuked Mueller and the Justice Department for having “improperly suggested a link” between the IRA and the Russian government. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich said Mueller’s February 2018 indictment “does not link the [IRA] to the Russian government” and alleges “only private conduct by private actors.” The judge added the government’s statements violate a prohibiting lawyers from making claims that would prejudice a case.

Only conspiracy theorists would be agitated by something that Mueller does not even allege happened.

The real issue, the one that was examined by the GOP was the provenance of this investigation and how it was conducted. This is a thread from Sean Davis of The Federalist:

We were told Trump’s inquisitor was a calm, even-handed Republican with impeccable credentials who was trusted by everyone. What we learned yesterday was that the inquisition was run by the Democrat lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s aide who destroyed evidence with a hammer.

We were told that the evidence of alleged Russian collusion was rock solid, the work of America’s top intelligence agencies. In reality, it was pure fiction cooked up by a Clinton-funded foreign contractor on the payroll of a sanctioned Russian oligarch.

We were told the Trump campaign was never spied on or wiretapped by U.S. spy agencies. We now know the campaign was indeed wiretapped, that honeypots were deployed to entrap campaign affiliates, that overseas intel assets were used to set up meetings as pretexts for more spying.

We were told our nation’s intel agencies would never use false information to justify secret surveillance of American citizens. In reality, DON and the FBI peddled lies to the FISA court that were cooked up by a foreign spook and a DOJ official’s wife, both funded by Clinton.

We were told that our government’s top secret keepers would never leak classified or confidential information to the media. What actually happened is that top intel officials repeatedly leaked, often illegally, to cement a false narrative to support further spying on citizens.

Finally, we were told that America’s top cops and spies would never foment a coup to overturn election results they didn’t like. We now know the most powerful unelected people in government cooked up lies as part of an orchestrated scheme to overthrow the duly elected president.

While the Democrats have fall back positions available to them after Mueller’s self-immolation, the NeverTrump people really don’t. All they have left now is the fact that they don’t like they guy. Period. They have burned what little credibility they ever had to the ground in fluffing the Mueller investigation and if anything was more damaging to them than the Mueller book it was the Mueller movie.

Where do they go from here? It will be totally unsurprising the see outlet that bill themselves as conservative churning out “the conservative case for Pete Buttigieg” articles. One place they should never be allowed to go again is inside the GOP or any organization that considers itself conservative.

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