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Mueller’s Testimony Drives a Stake Through the Heart of the Impeachment Boogeyman

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller, is sworn in before he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Robert Mueller’s testimony is over and the verdict seems to be that so is any serious talk of impeachment.

I don’t know what Mueller expected…or even if he’s capable of expecting anything…but he faced a fired up and prepared Republican caucus that flayed him alive. He was obviously unfamiliar with his own report, he was evasive, he was non-responsive, he was detached…not in the aloof kind of way but in the senile kind of way. He claimed to not know about things that were not only covered in the report but which had been center of public discussion for months, such as the role of Fusion GPS and the nature of the contact between Joseph Mifsud and George Papadopoulos.

This is the consensus from the people who saw Mueller’s testimony as the way of jump-starting an investigation that had died.

There are still true believers out there who were quoting Ted Lieu

but Lieu is an idiot and everyone knows that.

Democrats who are concerned about 2020, that that would be the nearly all the Democrats who created Nancy Pelosi’s majority in 2018, aren’t going to want to vote to start impeachment proceedings based on the mutterings of a man who seems one step away from sitting in a corner and drooling.

Ironically, the upside to this farcical performance is also its downside. On some level it was always hard to shake the notion that President Trump was trying to goad the Democrats into beginning impeachment and having that in the background as the nation was making its choice for president and for who would represent them in Congress.

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The Average American Simply Does Not Care About the Mueller Mess

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller, accompanied by his top aide in the investigation Aaron Zebley, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Democrats are holding hearings on the Mueller Report and it’s as much political theater as one would expect. Clips and analysis are available right here at this site. Needless to say, the testimony was heavy on grandstanding and light on new revelations. Perhaps the only people really even watching it are politicos and commentators. The Democrats in Congress surely know that the American people are not very moved by the details of the Mueller investigation. Why would they continue to draw out this media circus for very little public gain?

The answer, of course is that they are trying to create an unearned buzz around the Mueller report because this is what they’ve pinned their impeachment hopes on for two years now. To let it die is to let go of the last vestiges of the argument. They need Americans to care…but the problem is, most of us don’t.

The Mueller report has been out for months – dissected, poured over, pulled apart, analyzed incessantly. But the average American isn’t holding their breath over it all. Remember when people all over New York City took the day off work and crowded into pubs and restaurants at 8 a.m. just to watch James Comey “destroy” President Trump with his testimony?

There are no “Mueller testimony drink specials” today.

Americans are burned out on the promises of the Left to take down Trump. From the moment it became clear Trump would be the next president, left-wing politicians and progressive media have been screaming that there must have been some cheating involved. No way could it be that they got the concerns and requests of the average American voter so woefully wrong. Trump must have cheated because President Hillary Clinton was all but promised to us.

The Washington Post dramatically changed their motto to “Democracy Dies in the Dark”; the Women’s March popped up and promised us they would #Resist the president until he was driven out of office.

The Comey investigation became a lynchpin of Democrat resistance, and when the report of his findings was released we were assured that this would be the most damning thing to come out about a sitting president in the history of this nation. A show hearing ensued and as discussed above, boys and girls in the coastal cities excitedly took a day off work to sit in bars and watch the downfall of the Orange Bad Man.

It landed with a thud…as those of us who actually read Comey’s pre-released testimony already knew it would.

Rape claims against Trump…thud.

Kavanaugh hearings that turned into an indictment of Trump’s temperament and the effectiveness as a leader.

Thud.

Rape claims from unstable columnists.

Thud.

Soundbite after soundbite after soundbite of edited, unsavory comments by Trump.

Thud. Thud. Thud.

The nightly news keeps promising us that Trump’s days are coming to an end, and yet the promise never arrives. In fact, Trump just keep polling higher and higher while the economy picks up steam and day-to-day life seems a bit better for most Americans when they’re not using social media as their gauge.

Imagine being an average voter – not particularly informed but you show up for the big elections and hope for the best the rest of the time – and feeling terrible that Trump won. Imagine you’ve been promised by the politicos you most respect that they would not only remove Trump from office, but they would make the case compellingly and quickly. Then imagine getting yourself psyched up for the other shoe to drop only to me met with the sound of that “THUD” after every promise.

For over two years now the legacy media has been bombarding us with promises that THIS IS THE THING that will finally bring Trump down – the “this” just keeps changing.

Americans – especially those who lean left – are exhausted by the promises. The Democrat party has mercilessly painted Trump as a white supremacist (never before he took office with an (R) behind his name, though of course), a bully, an abuser and Literally HitlerWestlake Legal Group 2122 The Average American Simply Does Not Care About the Mueller Mess Trumps Trump Derangement Syndrome Show Trial Mueller Investigation mueller hearings Front Page Stories Featured Story exhaustion elections   . It has been a nonstop festival of fear.

If I’m a faithful Democrat voter and I’ve been hearing about how evil Trump is every day without ceasing, I’m wondering just what the hell is so hard about saving the country from Literally HitlerWestlake Legal Group 2122 The Average American Simply Does Not Care About the Mueller Mess Trumps Trump Derangement Syndrome Show Trial Mueller Investigation mueller hearings Front Page Stories Featured Story exhaustion elections   ? If this is a state of emergency, why are we not storming the gates, arresting him and restoring liberty? If it’s that bad, what are we waiting for?

Americans are weary. They want a smoking gun and the Democrats just keep showing up with hot dogs for the weenie roast. There is no smoking gun, no recorded conversation where we’ll hear Trump admit he’s just been running a hoax this whole time, that he’s Putin’s secret lover and that the moon landing was faked. Everything must be insinuated, interpreted and filtered and Americans are loosing their patience for such things. We’re over two years into this presidency. If no one is going to fire their weapon then most people need to move on with their lives.

The Mueller hearings are a show trial – an expensive ploy to glean two or three soundbites for the news. They are not for the benefit of the people. The people are growing tired of rage, which is dangerous because after rage comes boredom. Imagine what politics will look like when every single person in America is simply too bored to care.

 

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Video: Dan Crenshaw “Sets the Record Straight” on AOC’s Claim About Migrants Drinking From Toilets

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, left, listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Earlier this month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) visited a border detention center in Texas along with a Congressional delegation of other Democrats. She made some alarming claims after her visit, including alleging that migrant women told her they were forced to drink water out of toilets.

Here’s what she said at the time:

There have been other disturbing things alleged about the conditions at these centers, but while most Republicans and Democrats agree (for now, anyway) that the conditions represent a crisis, reports that migrants had to drink from toilets seemed to be far-fetched. Nevertheless, the mainstream media latched on to them as evidence that President Trump was deliberately mistreating those being detained.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) posted a video on Instagram Tuesday in which he indicated he wanted to “set the record straight” on AOC’s claims about migrants and the toilet water. Here’s what he said (transcribed):

“You all remember the controversy of immigrants having to drink out of toilets. Now, I don’t think that most people believed that but let’s actually clarify it.

I spoke to the agents today here in El Paso who were there when AOC was making that accusation. Here’s what happened.

When she was asking immigrants where they got their water from, they said ‘el baño.’ Okay. In Spanish, ‘el baño’ could mean toilet, it could mean bathroom. Here’s what they were actually pointing at.

They were pointing at this. You see a sink and you see a toilet. This is potable water. This is where migrants actually get their water from a lot of times. Either this, or a water cooler right outside.

In subsequent conversations, they made that very clear. They said no, no, no we’re not actually drinking out of a toilet, but that lie …”

The video cut off at that point. Watch Crenshaw’s demonstration below:

The first term Congressman has not been shy in the past about taking on AOC’s assertions about the illegal immigration issue on the whole and conditions at the border specifically. In fact, he has emerged as a leading Republican voice in the House when it comes to the border crisis and how the true Democratic party position is for open borders with no enforcement.

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Robert Mueller Makes Ridiculous Claim About Fusion GPS and the Steele Dossier During Hearing

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There’s going to be a lot coming out about Mueller’s testimony today and none of it is particularly for the special counsel or Democrats.

Mueller was thoroughly embarrassed and exposed at multiple points, some of which will be covered later by other writers, but one exchange stuck out like a sore thumb to me.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday that he was “not familiar” with Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that commissioned the Steele dossier. 

Mueller revealed his surprising lack of familiarity with the firm during an exchange with Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot, a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee.

“When you talk about the firm that produced the Steele reporting, the name of the firm that produced that was Fusion GPS, is that correct?” Chabot asked.

“I’m not familiar with that,” said Mueller, while scouring through his 448-page report of the Russia probe.

I’m not even sure what to say to that exchange, so here’s a gif before I go ahead and come up with something to say about that exchange.

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Does Robert Mueller not realize that Fusion GPS played a central role in the Trump Tower meeting that formed a large basis of his investigative work? Shouldn’t he also know that Fusion GPS was behind the Steele Dossier, which formed a basis for the entire investigation and was cited in his report?

On that note, things get worse. Mueller then inexplicably claims he didn’t investigate the Steele dossier because it was “not in my purview.”

Again, here’s a gif to express my feelings on this while I gather my thoughts.

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The Steele dossier, which was the foundation of all the claims of conspiracy that eventually led to Robert Mueller’s appointment, was not in Mueller’s purview? It was also cited in his report, which means there’s no excuse whatsoever to not have looked into its credibility.

When cornered about that fact, Mueller gives this nonsensical excuse.

The Barr/Durham investigation is new. It started after Mueller’s investigation was completed. Is the special counsel seriously making the claim he didn’t look into Fusion GPS or the Steele dossier because he knew, via some future telling power, that it would later be subject of a DOJ investigation by an AG who wasn’t even appointed yet?

Let’s also note that Mueller spent much of his time going after Paul Manafort for crimes that occurred years earlier, had nothing to do with Russia, and had no connection to the 2016 election. Yet, he found those “within his purview” while a document and agency (Fusion GPS) that formed the basis of the conspiracy claims were found to not be not in his purview. Does that make sense to anyone? It shouldn’t.

This is a total cluster. Mueller was clearly, as I speculated last night, a figurehead. He doesn’t even know what’s in his own report, as streiff pointed out earlier in a piece. This guy is absolutely clueless and that led to rabid partisans like Andrew Weissmann running wild, making baseless accusations and insinuations against DOJ policy. Much of the report doesn’t even appear to have been approved by Mueller outside of rubber stamping.

Even though a few Republicans are still desperately trying to hold onto the idea that Mueller was honorable, I see no evidence of that. I see an old man who did a terrible job, not even investigating key tenants of the issue, while allowing what amounted to a partisan witch hunt to occur. I say that not to echo Donald Trump, but to echo the reality that Mueller inexplicably only focused on Trump associates when figures like Glenn Simpson and Michael Steele were major factors in the entire ordeal.

Today, Mueller’s investigation was exposed for exactly what it is and that’s a good thing.

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We Need to Iron Out the Relationship Between Conservatives and the Transgender Community

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The transgender community and many on the right often have a relationship that I can describe as vehemently oppositional if I’m putting it lightly. The two have never mixed well for various reasons. If you were to look back over my own writing history, you would see that I’m generally on the front lines when it comes to battling transgender activism.

Except for yesterday.

Yesterday, I was covering the case of trans activist Jessica Yaniv through several articles. To refresh or catch you up, Yaniv is a man identifying as a woman who uses his status as a protected class in Canada to file lawsuits against innocent women for not touching his junk during waxings.

(Read: “The West Is On The Cusp Of Seeing State-Sanctioned Sexual Assaults Thanks To Transgender Activism“)

Looking into Yaniv’s past also shows predatory and pedophilic behavior. Some of the things this guy has allegedly said in text messages are disturbing. This has caught the eye of many a commentator, including trans activist Blaire White, who falls to the right politically despite being transgender.

White, a biological man who has had chemical and surgical procedures to look and sound just like a woman, released a video discussing Yaniv and just how messed up of a person he is. White made many a good point, and I decided to cover the video, highlighting the things White pointed out. I found it an interesting take given the fact that White is trans and has insight most of us don’t.

(Read: “Video: Conservative Trans Woman Blaire White Makes Very Interesting Points About “Trans” Activist Jessica Yaniv“)

And then all hell broke loose.

Many conservatives didn’t like the fact that I was referring to White as a woman and that I was caving to some sort of politically correct feel-goodery. They also didn’t like that I was referring to her as a conservative. In fact, my article got the attention of Right Scoop and The Blaze’s Steve Deace, who proceeded to send out multiple tweets about the way I described White.

I’ve got some things to say about this.

Deace’s tweets come off as unnecessary gatekeeping, and I disagree with him vehemently. I’ll toss out the fact that conservatives “lose to the Left every time on every front” because looking around, I’m not seeing that at all. We lose a few battles here and there, but the right has never been more strong than it is now. Even with our disadvantages in tech and the arts, conservatism has never been more understood or accepted, at least in my lifetime. I’m not sure where he got that.

My problem is that Deace decided that White doesn’t qualify as a conservative because White is transgendered, and apparently, inviting someone like White into the fold will collapse conservatism. I find this a bit odd seeing as how LGBT members have been a part of the Conservative movement for some time now, and we’ve yet to devolve into gross displays of homo-eroticism at our events or make homosexuality a central issue. We haven’t seen any attempts at a conservative drag queen story hour either. In fact, many of the LGBT members within the movement are highly respected individuals who contribute quite a bit to the cause.

Deace and other conservatives not accepting White as a conservative because of the transgender factor doesn’t make White any less of a conservative.

From what I understand, conservatism is about the keeping of ideas behind the founding of America. That all men were created equal, and we all respect the right to and pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. It was my understanding that conservatives held the position that any person could come here and live freely however they want to so long as they don’t force their fellow countrymen to obey their whims and wishes.

From what I’ve seen so far, White keeps to these ideals but can’t join our club because of the trans factor? Why? The whole reason the trans community and conservatives are constantly at odds is due to the fact that they continuously try to force their beliefs on us.

White has made it clear in videos that biological sex is a reality and criticized those who react overtly to being “misgendered.” White, unlike many trans activists I’ve spoken about in the past, doesn’t attempt to force anything on anyone and can shrug off disagreement with a live and let live attitude.

To me, that seems far more conservative than what I’ve seen from the gatekeepers trying to keep White out. I’m not seeing any loss of soul for recognizing and respecting that.

Then there’s the main issue, and this part’s a personal opinion of mine.

I have no problem acknowledging that a transgender person is biologically the sex they were born as while showing that person personal respect by calling them the gender they want if I feel they deserve it. White, in my opinion, is someone that I haven’t had a reason to dislike, and in fact, have generated respect for. Because of this, I have no problem referring to White as female despite the fact that “she” is biologically a he. We might not agree on everything, but oh well.

You’ll notice in my article about White’s video that I refer to White as a “she” but to Yaniv as a “he.” This is because Yaniv hasn’t earned my respect and I have no compunction to label him as the gender he says he is. My default position is that you’re the sex you were born as, but I’m not bothered by calling you something different if that’s what you prefer and your character makes me want to treat you that way.

My approach to transgenderism is realistic but fair as I describe in this video.

As a Christian libertarian-minded individual I disagree with the LGBT community about what it considers good, but I’m not his or her boss. People are going to make decisions about their life and all I can do is offer my advice and care. What they do with it is their decision.

I have no problem chatting about my stances and how my Christian beliefs play a part in various lifestyles, but at the end of the day, I gain nothing by turning my nose up at people. I was, after all, called to love, not to dictate.

The LGBT community runs afoul of me when they try to force Christian churches to marry them or Christian businesses to cater to their LGBT specific needs. Thing is, while the right was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, it is not a Christians only club. It’s also not a straights only club. It’s the “big tent.” Everyone is welcome so long as you don’t deviate from the principles of liberty we hold dear.

It’s not my job to tell others what they can and can’t believe, only what they can and can’t do and only when what they’re doing twists my arm or takes money out of my wallet without asking.

White and other trans individuals who believe and follow conservative principles are conservatives. You can disagree with that fact, but just like biological sex, denying doesn’t make it any less of a reality.

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Robert Mueller Pretends To Be Sergeant Schultz During His Hearing Appearance

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller, accompanied by his top aide in the investigation Aaron Zebley, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

One of the running gags in the television series “Hogan’s Heroes” was that of John Banner’s character, Sergeant Schultz. Schultz was the senior German noncommissioned officer at Luft Stalag 13, a prisoner-of-war camp housing captured Allied airmen. Schultz is a deeply compromised and unintelligent character who often sees illegal goings on and responds with his signature:

Apparently, Robert Mueller is doing a damned good impression of Sergeant Schultz in his opening statement and his testimony.

The picture being painted is damning. It is very obvious that Mueller was simply not mentally up to the challenge of managing this investigation. He simply loaned his name to an investigation led by Andrew Weissmann and his chief of staff, Aaron Zebley. I appears as though not only were the mechanics of the investigation left to subordinates, the correspondence from his office, over his signature, was also left to them. If Mueller was not derelict, then he’s a notorious liar because otherwise he’d know what Fusion GPS is. If is a tired, feeble old man who would an object of pity, not scorn, had he not done the damage he has to America’s political life.
 

All in all, it is difficult to see how this bit of theater enhances our knowledge of anything other than confirming that it was simply an exercise to collect scalps from the Trump campaign and use that evidence as a basis for impeachment.

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Publix Witness: Ga. State Rep. Erica Thomas Repeatedly Told Eric Sparkes to “Go Back to Where You Came From”

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The case involving Georgia State Rep. Erica Thomas (D) and Georgia resident Eric Sparkes (D) took an interesting twist on Tuesday when it was revealed that at least one of the Publix witnesses told police that they heard Thomas, and not Sparkes, repeatedly yell “go back to where you came from.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

A witness to a heated grocery store encounter between state Rep. Erica Thomas and a man she accused of uttering racist comments told authorities she didn’t hear him make those remarks, according to a Cobb County police report.

A Publix employee told a Cobb County officer that she witnessed part of the conversation and heard Thomas “continuously tell Eric Sparkes to ‘Go back where you came from!’” but did not hear Sparkes utter those words to Thomas.

In a report written by a police officer who reviewed the video, it was noted that Sparkes “did not appear to be irate” when he approached Thomas about the issue he had with her using the express lane, which is contra to Thomas’s claim that he came towards her aggressively with his fists clenched:

He wrote that Sparkes “did not appear to be irate” during the confrontation and that he quickly retreated from Thomas as she moved his way “pointing her finger at him.” When she moved toward Sparkes a second time, a Publix staffer waved for him to leave and Thomas turned to her daughter and paid for her items, he wrote. The dispute lasted about 45 seconds.

Two more witnesses who are Publix employees told police what they saw and heard:

The Publix employee, a customer service manager, told police that after Sparkes accosted Thomas he began to leave but “Ms. Thomas kept ‘running her mouth’ as she approached him.” Sparkes, she said, responded by repeatedly calling Thomas “ignorant.”

The employee told the officer that she did not hear either of them use profanity.

Another Publix staffer, Derrick Tompkins, told police he heard Sparkes call Thomas an expletive. Tompkins told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he didn’t hear him tell her to “go back” to where she came from. “I’m not going to say that wasn’t said, but I don’t remember hearing it,” he said in an interview. “I’m going to leave it at that.”

Thomas’s attorney Gerald Griggs posted “the full police report” to his Twitter feed and said it backs up the claims Thomas made on her Facebook live. Please make sure to read the report in full:

Here’s Thomas’s Facebook live video:

Here are some key points to consider: On Saturday, the day after her Facebook live video, she backtracked on saying that Sparkes told her to “go back to where you came from.” She denied backtracking on anything in her Monday presser, but the videos tell a different story:

Remember that Thomas’s racism claims about Sparkes are what caused this story to blow up to begin with. If it’s no longer about racism but instead a man confronting a woman at an express lane, it’s still not a good scenario but as I said yesterday it’s a serious climb-down from her insinuation that Sparkes was motivated by the Trump rally where some attendees chanted “send her back” in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Here’s what Thomas has said that does check out. She said that Sparkes left the store but then returned and approached her at the express lane. That’s true, according to the police report:

The second video clip I observed showed Mr. Sparkes walk to the first set of exit doors where he stopped and began speaking with Ms. Murrell [a store manager] who was standing at the exit. The video does not have audio, so what was said is unknown. After speaking with Ms. Murrell he then departs the inner doors and leaves the frame of the video. A few seconds later, Mr. Sparkes returns through the door and goes straight to the express lane where Ms. Thomas and her daughter were checking out.

So it’s clear from this report that Sparkes initiated the confrontation, although it’s not clear if he meant to be “confrontational.” Either way, no matter how irate you get over someone using an express lane to get checked out for more items than what the lane’s limit is, you just have to let that go. Pick and choose your battles. This is not a battle you choose. You simply walk away.

Sparkes admitted that he did call Thomas “a lazy, ignorant b****”, which Thomas said in the video. Thomas has said that in response to Sparkes’s alleged comments to her about “going back’ that she in turn told him to “go back” but she did not say she told him to “go back to where you came from.”

Because there is no audio police don’t know exactly what was said first and what the tone of voice was when it was said, and can only rely on witness testimony. But the police report makes it appear as though Thomas quickly gained control of the situation and repeatedly berated Sparkes as he was trying to back away, contra to the insinuation she made in the video that she was so off guard that she didn’t know what to say.

Also, Sparkes’s Facebook page has posts decrying Trump’s “go back to your country” tweets, so why would he say “go back to where you came from” to Thomas? As I speculated a couple of days ago, he probably told her to “go back” to a regular check out lane and that’s where the fuss began, and then she made the comment on her Facebook live about “go back to where you came from” that she backtracked on the next day.

There’s also this interesting tidbit of info. If the experience was as traumatic as she claimed it was, why post a Facebook live before you filed a report with the police?

On Tuesday, the Cobb County PD announced they would not be filing any criminal charges. Sparkes said Monday he is considering filing a defamation lawsuit against Thomas.

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In Desperate Spin PolitiFact Disproves Its Own Correction About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Crying Over a Parking Lot

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The press continues to attempt to clean things up for the freshman who continues to soil herself.

We have all seen the now humorous shots of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, resplendent in a white outfit, breaking down outside of a migrant holding facility in El Paso, Texas. AOC claimed that she had been witnessing the removal of children from the arms of their parents, and she broke down, sobbing, as the scene played out.

As we just learned PolitiFact attempted to correct the record on what took place one year ago.
The stalwart fact-checking team put out a piece entitled “No, this isn’t a picture of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Crying Over a Parking Lot” the truth-delivery outlet gives their assessment in a banner showing the story to be FALSE. They have dug into the facts and discovered the truth: AOC was in fact crying over an access road.

Seriously. That was the factual detail they culled that deems this claim to be inaccurate.

Anyone cursed with common sense or afflicted with a severe dose of pragmatism would say that this fact check would earn one of the more nuanced assessments from the site. A “Mostly True”, or a mixed result would have at the very least been less egregious. But they went with the bold declaration that the entire story was FALSE. PolitiFact is clearly hoping to put this story to bed for good.

This attempt to sway the minds of the headline readers is not only transparent, but it completely exonerates Ocasio-Cortez. She has been proven to have lied about this episode entirely — and the proof was offered up by PolitiFact itself. Yet they never so much as attempt to cast their floodlight upon AOC. Angie Holan of PolitiFact tried to wriggle out of their self-created Gordian’s Knot when a Twitter member posted another pic showing AOC gazing over the roadway.

The attempt here is to say that she was in fact on the property, in proximity of the facility, and this is enough to validate her claims. Except it does not. AOC made some very pointed claims, and the reality of the situation proves she was fabricating her version — with evidence supplied by PolitiFact. First, take a look at what Ocasio-Cortez declared she had witnessed:

It was the moment I saw with my own eyes that the America I love was becoming a nation that steals refugee children from their parents, & caged them.”

There is no room for nuance here. She is saying she witnessed the kids being removed from parents. She looked upon the very cages inside of which these kids were supposedly imprisoned. She saw this with her own eyes. Now, behold PolitiFact unwittingly proving this claim to be 100% manufactured. The site had pictures to show the facility was in fact off in the distance, and it also spoke with those who were on-site that day. In what the site thinks is their debunking the entire story was this testimonial:

Daniel Borunda, a reporter for the El Paso Times who was at the rally on the same day, told PolitiFact that the tent complex was “visible in the distance several hundred yards away” from the fence.

We were led to believe AOC was sobbing over her witnessing a tragedy. She declared she saw the particular heinous activity – “saw with my own eyes”, was her claim. Now we have a witness, supplied by PolitiFact, who says they were position “several hundred yards” away from the very building wherein these acts supposedly are taking place.

But note PolitiFact is not the least bit curious about this discrepancy. Despite the photographic proof, and ignoring the very testimony itself has provided, PolitiFact declares the claim she was crying over a parking lot to be 100% FALSE. The site that is charged with delegitimizing conservative outlets on social platforms as delivering false information is completely unbothered by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blatantly lying about her account at a controversial location.

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And So Robert Mueller Is Their Last Great Hope (Again)

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In a photo taken Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Robert Mueller was going to be the great hope of the media and the Democrats. He would be the guy to bring Donald Trump down. The Democrats had pinned all their electoral hopes on it. The media reported every single leaked detail as a big, breaking story that would lead us down the path to impeachment.

And then, the leaks stopped seeming so hopeful. They started signaling that Trump may not be going down for collusion with the Russian government. But, maybe if his inner circle was compromised, that would bring the general public to their side!

Of course… that didn’t happen either. So, we were told to focus on the investigation into whether or not Trump obstructed justice. Wait, though! The U.S. Attorney’s Southern District of New York office was investigating the Trump organization! That is sure to bring something out. If he could be nailed with obstruction and/or the Trump Organization was found corrupt and compromised, then we surely have him!

Then Mueller’s report came out. They couldn’t determine obstruction, and the Attorney General declined to pursue it. The SDNY closed its investigation without bringing up charges.

Every narrative that went into Trump’s coming legal troubles fizzled well before they became anything close to substantial. In a last-ditch effort, Mueller is now set to appear before the House Judicial Committee, led by the increasingly erratic Jerry Nadler and frothing Democrats who are desperately searching for any soundbites they can use to prove Trump did… something.

The Mueller hearing, set to start at 9:30 a.m. this morning, will be nothing short of a disappointment to any and all who have to watch it.

There will, naturally, be reporters, pundits, and activists tweeting out everything that is said in this hearing, and you will be inundated with soundbites all day. I would like to tell you that some of these will mean something, and maybe we could be in for a surprise, but the formula for this is already set in stone.

The Democrats will give long-winded questions that are meant to make Mueller say that he wanted to recommend charges of obstruction, but his hands were tied by the Department of Justice guidelines on indicting a sitting president. They’ll want him, essentially, to say something that isn’t in his report. They want him to add new information in.

The Department of Justice, at Mueller’s request, has already said he should not go beyond the scope of his report, and he will have no urge to do so because doing so means admitting he was wrong in his report or his press conference. Mueller wants no part of this circus anymore. He wants to be done with it.

That is probably why he has an assistant who is going to be sworn in with him, to give more details than he might have. Mueller wants to talk as little as possible, and having someone else to get questioned is just another way to avoid the partisan guillotine that will be set up for him no matter how he answers.

The Republicans, meanwhile, are going to decry the insanity of continuing on this path when Mueller’s report has already said there is nothing to charge Trump over. They will ask Mueller if his hands were tied in any way by Donald Trump and his administration, and he will say “No” and that will be that. He’ll be asked that twenty-five different ways, but the answer won’t change.

I want to tell you that this hearing will have some meaning, some impact on our lives. But, you and I both know it is a colossal waste of time.

This is the last chance the Judicial Committee Democrats have, and I truly think they have put all of their eggs in the Mueller basket because they can’t back out now. They are stuck here, whether they know it or not. You don’t hear non-Judicial Committee Democratic leadership really commenting on the hearing. You don’t hear a thing from Pelosi’s office. There is an eerie quiet from pretty much all Democrats ahead of this hearing. They know.

You and I know, as well. There is no there there, and once that is undeniably proven (again), the Democrats will be forced to address the plainest and simplest of facts: Absent a miracle, there is nothing to invalidate Trump’s election and the problem in recent elections is them, not the Republicans.

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Robert Mueller Pulls a Fast One on the Eve of His Testimony And Republicans Rightly Object

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Robert Mueller is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning about his investigation into Russian interference and Donald Trump. Democrats are hoping to complete a Hail Mary, trapping the former special counsel into saying that he’d have pressed charges if Trump weren’t President. That of course isn’t true, because Mueller and the DOJ have both made it clear that the President’s immunity did not factor into the decision.

No matter, Jerry Nadler and crew still hope to produce some kind of viral moment. The smart money is on that not happening, although you can bet the media will do everything they can to push mundane pronouncements as significant.

On the eve of his testimony, Robert Mueller has suddenly pulled a fast one though. Specifically, he’s now going to bring his deputy from the investigation to the hearing to answer some questions for him. This per The Daily Caller.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller asked Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee to swear in his longtime deputy as a witness at a congressional hearing Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Mueller asked that Aaron Zebley, who served as deputy on the special counsel’s probe, be sworn in as a witness in order to address any questions that he is not able to answer, according to a source familiar with the matter, The New York Times and CNN reported.

Mueller is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee for three hours and before the House Intelligence Committee for two hours Wednesday. He will be pressed for details of his 22-month investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct the probe.

The obvious question everyone should be asking is why?

Robert Mueller is supposedly the smartest among us, or so I’ve been told. An old pro who could can get to the bottom of anything. This is his report being testified on. Is he not intimately familiar with it? Does he not know everything that’s in his own report? What information could his deputy offer that Mueller shouldn’t already be aware of?

The answer may boil down to what some of us have suspected for a long time.

In other words, Mueller may not be the genius he’s been portrayed as and may have been more of a figurehead in the investigation. There have been rumors for a while that figures like Andrew Weissmann and Aaron Zebley were given wide latitude and you can see shifts in the style of the report that bare out the idea that it wasn’t Mueller’s conclusions being written down at all times. There was also the episode prior to the release of the report where unnamed members of the investigation leaked to the press that they disagreed with Mueller’s findings on obstruction, namely that he didn’t recommend charges. The schisms within Mueller’s team were obvious to see, even if the details were much harder to discern.

This last minute move has rightly got Republicans incensed.

Republicans pushed back on Mueller’s request, calling on Democrats to leave Zebley off the witness stand.

“If Democrats believe it is the special counsel’s responsibility to testify to his report, they have no ground for outsourcing that duty at the expense of our committee’s integrity,” Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary panel, said in a statement.

GOP Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who sits on the Judiciary Committee and has been an outspoken critic of Mueller’s probe, was the first lawmaker to reveal that Democrats were considering allowing Zebley to testify.

“You don’t get to change the rules right before kickoff, especially after a 22 month, $30 million investigation,” Jordan said on Twitter.

There is no logical reason that Mueller needs to bring a tag along to answer questions for him if he actually did his job. Would any other witness be allowed to do that? I can’t think of any precedent for such. This testimony is supposed to be Mueller’s words, not some deputy. The only explanation is that Mueller doesn’t even know what’s in his own report and that’s actually perfectly believable given his bizarre press conference a few months ago.

Another factor here is that the DOJ has already told Zebley he’s not allowed to testify privately. Now, at the eleventh hour, he’s going to testify publicly? Is he defying the DOJ here? Nothing would surprise me at this point.

Unfortunately, Republicans do not control the committee, so it appears Jerry Nadler was happy to give into Mueller’s request in the hope that Zebley will drop a bombshell. I still don’t see that happening, but this game playing by Mueller once again reinforces that he’s not the straight shooter so many Republicans insisted he was.

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