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Corey Lewandowski: Ex-Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne should testify about alleged ties to Russian agent

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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Thursday the Senate should call former Overstock founder and CEO Patrick Byrne to testify about his alleged involvement with a Russian agent.

Speaking on Fox News’ “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, Lewandowski, who was mentioned several times in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation, weighed in on Byrne’s resignation after 20 years at the company amid his ties to a government investigation related to the 2016 presidential election.

Last month, Byrne disclosed he was involved in an FBI probe of Russia and admitted he had a relationship with Maria Butina, who pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to act as a Russian agent without registering with the Justice Department.

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Byrne said Thursday on “The Story” he had helped federal officials with investigations twice in the past, including to “help them take down people on Wall Street.”

Earlier Thursday, in an interview on Fox Business’ “Varney & Co.,” Byrne said the investigation was “all about political espionage” and that he thought “we are about to see the biggest scandal in American history.”

Lewandowski responded to Byrne’s announcement and his interview with MacCallum saying, “it may have been the craziest interview I have ever seen in my life.”

He went on to say, “I have been unfortunately knee-deep in this investigation.”

He continued, “I’ve testified in front of the House on two separate occasions, the Senate already, the Mueller investigators. Never had I ever heard of this individual, never has he even been brought up in conversations. He clearly had nothing to do with the campaign and if he was somehow involved with this former Russian spy, she was likely using him as a source for information.”

“Never had I ever heard of this individual, never has he even been brought up in conversations. He clearly had nothing to do with the campaign.”

— Corey Lewandowski

During Byrne’s interview on “The Story,” he claimed he received “fishy” orders from former FBI official Peter Strzok and carried them out in 2015-2016.

Strzok was removed from Mueller’s investigation over anti-Trump text messages he traded with his mistress, Lisa Page. He was fired from the FBI in August 2018.

Byrne claimed people whom he characterized as “the Men in Black” came to him and asked him “for this third favor.”

He told MacCallum he didn’t know exactly who had sent the orders, but he carried them out.

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“Last summer, watching television and some congressional hearings, I figured out where these orders came from. They came from a guy named Peter Strzok,” Byrne said, adding the names of other individuals, who MacCallum pointed out also worked at the FBI.

In response, Lewandowski said, “This seems like a lot of black helicopters flying around this guy’s world, things that he can’t talk about.”

“This seems like a lot of black helicopters flying around this guy’s world, things that he can’t talk about.”

— Corey Lewandowski

He continued, “He said it wasn’t the FBI, but then he kept referencing Peter Strzok, Lisa Page. We know those are bad people. We know that they should have been fired a long time ago, they were part of the Mueller investigation. So I think we should dig deeper on him and I think the Senate should call him before and ask him some questions.”

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The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed Lewandowski and ex-White House aide Rick Dearborn, as part of its investigation into President Trump’s conduct in office.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the committee’s chairman, said the committee wanted to hear publicly from Lewandowski and Dearborn on Sept. 17 “as part of its efforts to hold the president accountable.”

The Trump administration has been blocking former aides from testifying before Congress.

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum and Charles Creitz, Fox Business’ Blair Shiff and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Andrew McCarthy: This bogus story launched the ‘collusion’ probe

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Editor’s note: Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book is “Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency.” This is the fourth in a series of excerpts; the first can be read here, the second here, and the third here.

The George Papadopoulos “Origin Story” has never added up. It has been portrayed as the Big Bang, the magic moment that started the FBI’s investigation of “collusion” — a suspected election-theft conspiracy between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

But if the young energy-sector analyst had actually emerged in early 2016 as the key to proving Trump-Russia espionage, you would think the FBI might have gotten around to interviewing him before Jan. 27, 2017 — i.e., a week after President Trump had been inaugurated, and six months after the bureau formally opened its “Crossfire Hurricane” probe.

You would probably also think Papadopoulos, Suspect One in The Great Cyber Espionage Attack on Our Democracy, might have rated a tad more than the whopping 14-day jail sentence a federal judge eventually imposed on him.

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You might even suppose that he’d have been charged with some seditious felony involving clandestine operations against his own country, instead of … yes … fibbing to the FBI about the date of a meeting.

That, however, does not scratch the surface. We are to believe that what led to the opening of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, and what therefore is the plinth of the collusion narrative, is a breakfast meeting at a London hotel on April 26, 2016, between Papadopoulos and Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic we are supposed to take for a clandestine Russian agent.

We are to take Papadopoulos’s word for it that Mifsud claimed Russia possessed “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands” of “emails of Clinton.” We are further to believe that “the professor” elaborated that, in order to help Donald Trump’s candidacy, the Kremlin would release these “emails of Clinton” at a time chosen to do maximum damage to the Democratic nominee’s campaign.

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The story is based on no credible evidence. If it were ever presented to a jury, it would be laughed out of court.

The Papadopoulos “collusion” claims (without collusion charges) are alleged in the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which essentially repeats the grandiose “Statement of the Offense” that the special counsel included with the comparatively minor false-statement charge to which Papadopoulos pleaded guilty.

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Carefully parsed, this narrative stops short of alleging that the Trump adviser actually collaborated with a Russian agent. Rather, it claims that Papadopoulos engaged in a lot of twaddle with Mifsud, who he had reason to suspect might be a Russian agent.

The pair brainstormed endlessly about potential high-level Trump-campaign meetings with the Putin regime, including [insert heavy breathing here] between Trump and Putin themselves. Papadopoulos then exaggerated these meanderings in emails to Trump-campaign superiors he was hot to impress.

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Mueller alumni landing cushy jobs at law firms, universities – even a book deal – after Russia probe

The top investigators who worked alongside former Special Counsel Robert Mueller have certainly landed on their feet since the shuttering of the two-year Russia probe, securing big jobs at prominent law firms and universities — and even a book deal.

The latest hire was revealed this week by Georgetown Law School, which welcomed Michael Dreeben — a former deputy solicitor general and member of the special counsel’s office — as a “Distinguished Lecturer from Government” for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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“I am excited to join Georgetown’s thriving legal community this fall,” Dreeben said in a statement. “The energy of the law school is palpable. I look forward to participating in academic life at Georgetown and being part of its vibrant and collaborative culture.”

Dreeben is among several Mueller alumni moving swiftly to take advantage of the demand in legal and academic circles for those involved in the high-profile case.

While President Trump and his allies continue to pan the whole affair as a “witch hunt,” and Mueller himself was criticized for his faltering congressional testimony last month, most team members have been able to transition out of the office with little drama — save for ex-FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, whose anti-Trump text messages landed them in hot water.

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U.S. Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben departs the U.S. Justice Department in traditional morning coat on his way to argue his one-hundredth case before the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S. April 27, 2016.  (REUTERS)

Dreeben previously served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law and a visiting professor at Duke Law School. Dreeben left his post as deputy solicitor general in June 2017 to join Mueller’s legal team to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential coordination between Russia and members of the Trump campaign.

“In his 30 years of extraordinary public service at the U.S. Department of Justice, Michael Dreeben has played a powerful role in helping shape the law as one of the preeminent Supreme Court advocates and as a leading expert in federal criminal law,” Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor said in a statement this week. “We are honored to have him join our faculty for the upcoming school year.”

The special counsel’s office officially closed in May after nearly two years of investigating Russian meddling and potential coordination with members of the Trump campaign. Mueller’s team concluded that the Russians did interfere in the election but there was “not sufficient evidence to charge” Trump associates with conspiracy. Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, though congressional Democrats are now trying to dig deeper into that issue.

Also heading to academia is Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann, who returned to New York University School of Law on May 1 as a distinguished senior fellow with the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law (CACL), where he previously worked.

Weissmann, a longtime and well-known federal prosecutor, also has signed a deal with Random House to write a book, according to a report by The New York Times. It is unclear, at this point, how much his book will focus on his experience during the Russia investigation.

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Meanwhile, other top members from Mueller’s office have joined prominent law firms. Last month, it was announced that Jeannie Rhee, who left her post as a partner at the law firm WilmerHale to join Mueller’s team, would join Paul, Weiss as a partner in their litigation department.

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Jeannie Rhee, an investigator on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, formerly represented a top Obama aide and the Clinton Foundation. (WilmerHale)

Attorneys at Paul, Weiss have been involved in prominent corporate investigations—including the internal probe into allegations against the late former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Paul Weiss also was the firm involved in the National Football League “Deflategate” investigation after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was accused of deflating a football before a game. The firm’s findings led to Brady’s suspension in the 2016-2017 season.

Meanwhile, Mueller team member Andrew Goldstein, a former attorney from the Southern District of New York, joined law firm Cooley as a partner focusing on white-collar and regulatory matters, as well as national security and economic sanctions.

And law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP announced last month that Zainab Ahmad would join as a partner in its New York office. Prior to working in Mueller’s office, Ahmad was a prosecutor at the Justice Department and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York.

And Greg Andres returned to his post as a partner in Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s litigation department in New York, concentrating on white-collar criminal defense. The firm gained national attention again this week after the publicly traded company, L Brands, which owns Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, reportedly retained it to investigate the company’s ties to the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead Saturday morning in his cell in a New York City federal prison. Authorities are investigating Epstein’s apparent suicide as well as apparent protocol breaches at the prison.

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Meanwhile, some former prosecutors on Mueller’s team have returned to public service—like Brandon Van Grack, who is now leading the effort at the Justice Department to enforce the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

It is unclear, at this point, whether Mueller will return to his post at WilmerHale in Washington D.C.

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Deroy Murdock: Trump didn’t obstruct justice or collude with Russia — So why impeach?

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Notwithstanding the catastrophic congressional appearances by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s nervousness about impeachment, 118 die-hard Democrats (plus renegade former Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan), are hell-bent on prying President Trump from the White House, long before Election Day 2020. But for what?

 “Trump-Russia collusion” turned out to be a bad acid trip, although the attendant hallucinations still reverberate among fervent Democrats. As for obstruction of justice, there was none. Somebody should explain this to these Trump haters — perhaps with crayons and butcher paper.

Here’s what impeachment-grade obstruction looks like.

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On June 17, 1972, the so-called White House “plumbers” illegally broke into the Democratic National Committee’s Washington, D.C., headquarters in the Watergate office complex to spy on President Richard Milhous Nixon’s opponents.

Nixon and his top aides unlawfully funneled “hush money” to these criminals, in cash, so they would clam up rather than sing. Nixon and his top aides also pressured the CIA to tell the FBI, in Nixon’s words: “Stay the hell out of this.”

Nixon six times asserted his presidential right to executive privilege and hid incriminating materials from scrutiny (not least Oval Office audiotapes of Nixon conspiring with his henchmen). This cover-up prompted Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974.

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In contrast, Russiagate involved no underlying crime. According to Mueller’s report: “The Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes.”

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Furthermore, Trump waived executive privilege. Consequently, “approximately 1.4 million pages of documents were provided to” Mueller, wrote Emmett Flood, then-special counsel to the president, to Attorney General William Barr on April 19.

Trump, Flood added, “encouraged every White House staffer to cooperate fully with the SCO [Special Counsel’s Office] and, so far as we are aware, all have done so.” Among many others, these “voluntary interviewees” included senior adviser Jared Kushner, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, and former aides.

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Greg Gutfeld: Dems might say they want impeachment, but most probably don’t

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As former Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s testimony fades into the rearview, “The Five” discussed why some Democrats continue to beat the drum for impeachment hearings.

“I think the Democrats just want to say they’re running away from home. They really don’t want to run away from home,” Co-host Greg Gutfeld said Monday.

However, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., continues to talk impeachment and did so Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

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“We have impeachment resolutions before the committee. We are conducting investigations to determine whether we should report those impeachment resolutions to the House or direct our own and report those to the House. We’re considering those resolutions,” Nadler said Sunday.

In response, Gutfeld said he believes Democrats know that impeachment proceedings would ultimately help the president.

“I think there are some that do but I think overall they… I think they know that will turn him into a martyr. It will help him the way it helped Bill Clinton,” Gutfeld explained.

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Co-host Juan Williams pointed out that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is the only person whose opinion really matters.

“My thought is Nancy Pelosi is the whole ballgame, most important player and she is unchanged… she doesn’t see impeachment… as advancing democratic policies or democratic politics,” Williams said.

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Edwin Meese: Special counsel never should have been appointed for Russia probe

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Former Attorney General Edwin Meese said recently he believes former Special Counsel Robert Mueller should never have been appointed for the probe into Russia interference into the 2016 U.S. elections.

Meese also claimed in an interview airing Sunday on “Life, Liberty & Levin” that the Mueller report seemed “foreign” to the man credited with authoring it.

“In my opinion, no, there was no need,” Meese said when asked whether it was necessary for a special counsel to oversee the FBI’s Russia investigation.

“For one thing, the department was not in any way conflicted.”

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However, Meese, who served under President Ronald Reagan between 1985 and 1988, said former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was right to recuse himself because he was a potential “fact witness” in the investigation due to his prominent role in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

“But, that certainly did not conflict the entire Department of Justice,” Meese added.

Rather than appointing Mueller, Meese claimed, the Russia investigation could have been executed through standard channels within the government.

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“If once there was an allegation, if there was one, then that should have gone through the normal processes of the department and been handled by the U.S. attorney either in Washington, D.C., or in New York — wherever the jurisdiction happened to be,” Meese explained.

Discussing Mueller’s appearance before two House committees Wednesday, Meese claimed the former FBI director appeared to be unfamiliar with parts of his own report.

“I was concerned by his testimony,” he said.

“I was concerned by the fact that so much of the report seemed to be foreign to him, or at least he was not familiar with it. And I’ve since reflected the views of a lot of people who were watching and that was that he was not familiar with the report because it looked like someone else had written it.”

Host Mark Levin served as Meese’s chief of staff during the Reagan administration.

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Kevin McCarthy: House Democrats ‘only focused on impeachment,’ Nadler ‘has wasted time’

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Congressional Democrats have spent too much effort on bringing down President Trump while letting crucial issues like the humanitarian crisis at the southern border and trade fall by the wayside, House Minority Leader  Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told Fox News Saturday.

The House minority leader appeared on “Justice with Judge Jeanine” and accused some of his Democratic colleagues of continuing to push for impeachment despite former Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s testimony this week proving that the president did not commit a crime.

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“They just celebrated 200 days in power,” McCarthy told host Jeanine Pirro of the Democratic majority in the House. “If you measure [the same amount of time] to the last Congress, we had passed more than 300 bills out of committee. They’re not even past 200 because they’ve only focused on impeachment and not solving the problem.”

McCarthy said Democrats should address critical issues such as the fledgling trade agreement between the U.S, Mexico and Canada, as well as the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, which has seen an influx of migrants and continues to stretch Border Patrol resources.

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McCarthy also took House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., to task over his claim Friday that the only reason Trump wasn’t indicted on a charge of obstruction of justice was because of a Justice Department opinion advising against charging a sitting president with a crime. Mueller himself corrected that statement during his testimony Wednesday, saying that “we did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime.”

“He has wasted time while we have a big problem at the border. He’s held no hearings,” McCarthy said of Nadler. “And really with this Mueller report, at the end of the day, this chapter should be shut. We should move on and this is the end of it.”

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Pirro and McCarthy then discussed divisions in the House Democratic caucus between moderates backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez met Friday to discuss their disagreements, which have spilled into public view via social media in recent weeks.

“This week is a historical week,” McCarthy said. “We put the chapter away when it came to Mueller but it is the week that Nancy Pelosi surrendered to the socialists. They are all together now.”

Ocasio-Cortez and others have pushed to begin impeachment proceeds against Trump, while Pelosi has publically opposed those efforts.

Fox News reporter Lukas Mikelionis contributed to this report. 

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Giuliani on Mueller aftermath: ‘Democrats are now making total clowns out of themselves’

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President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, appeared on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Friday, reacting to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s testimony earlier this week and blasting Democrats by calling them “clowns.”

“Everyone knows what happened to them the other day,” Giuliani said. “Mueller got knocked out largely because he has no case.”

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The former mayor said Mueller does have “integrity,” but claimed that former Clinton associate Andrew Weissmann took the case over.

“The inmates took over the asylum, like Weissmann, and did all kinds of horrible things,” Giuliani said. “Trampling on people’s rights, which is uncharacteristic of Bob Mueller by the way, which always made me wonder is he in charge of this thing.”

The former New York City mayor also unloaded on congressional Democrats, saying they had “no sense of decency.”

“The reality is that the Democrats are now making total clowns out of themselves,” Giuliani said. “It’s not about patriotism. It’s about, ‘Do you have any sense of decency?'”

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee said Friday they are proceeding with what they called an “impeachment investigation,” insisting that Mueller delivered damning testimony against Trump even though many panned his performance.

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Giuliani took aim at House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who he said were not as “bright” as Weissmann.

“If Andrew Weissmann couldn’t get three people to lie,” Giuliani said. “… These two guys who are trying to, Nadler and Schiff… They’re not going to do it.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Rob Reiner to Dems opposing impeachment: ‘I’m sorry if you lose your seat, but we’ve got to stand up for democracy’

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Liberal filmmaker Rob Reiner clashed Friday evening with a Democratic congressman who opposes impeachment, telling him “we’ve got to stand up for democracy” despite polls showing how unpopular an impeachment attempt against President Trump would be.

During a panel discussion on MSNBC‘s “Hardball”, Rep.  Jefferson Van Drew, D-N.J., explained the reason he doesn’t support impeachment is that Trump’s actions as outlined in the Mueller report do not amount to “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

“Certainly there are some distasteful sections and parts of that [report] that really are concerning, but not high crimes and misdemeanors, at least in my opinion, and obviously in other people’s opinions as well,” Van Drew told “Hardball” host Chris Matthews.

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The congressman invoked issues that American “care about” like infrastructure, the opioid epidemic, and health care as matters that lawmakers should prioritize.

Reiner vehemently disagreed.

“I couldn’t disagree more with the congressman because all of the issues that he talked about of course are critical,” Reiner said. “None of them will ever, ever pass when we don’t have the White House and ultimately the Senate. We passed a million bills already, and they lay dormant at Mitch McConnell’s feet. That’s not going to do anything.”

When asked if he thought House seats like his were “in danger” if Democrats move towards impeachment, Van Drew responded “absolutely,” but added that if something “new” emerged against Trump, he’d be on board with impeachment.

Reiner, however, argued that impeachment would be “great politics” down the road and blasted Van Drew for needing “more.”

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“There were five hard examples of obstruction of justice laid out in the Mueller report. What else do you need?” Reiner asked. “The guy’s working with the Russians. He says he’s going to continue working with the Russians. The Russians are already playing. We’ve seen the Senate Intelligence Committee tell us that they’re playing right now and they’re working hard to defeat us. Are we now saying that we’re just going to give ourselves over to the Russians?”

He continued, “We beat them in the Cold War, and they’re beating us now in the cyber war. And if we don’t stand up to them, it could be the end of our democracy. And I’m sorry if you lose your seat, but we’ve got to stand up for democracy.”

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Mike Huckabee: Mueller showed Russia collusion claims were a hoax that kept Dems from working for America

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Three years after the whole thing started, imagine what America could have accomplished had it not been for the Russia collusion hoax that has so divided our nation.

In his testimony before two House committees Wednesday, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed the left’s utter failure to substantiate the Russiagate hoax despite hysterical media coverage, numerous wide-ranging fishing expeditions by federal investigators, and countless conspiracy theories from Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Democrats thought this would be the “movie” version of the “book” presented by Mueller in his written report. They were betting on it being “The Lion King,” but what we saw was more like “Ferris Mueller’s Day Off.”

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Democrats have absolutely no record of accomplishment since Trump took office. They’ve set a new low standard for presidential harassment such that everything will be fair game in the future by an opposition party against a sitting president.

If only the American public could have seen Mueller’s testimony three years earlier, almost no one would have bought into the fake collusion story at all — and maybe, just maybe, Democrats would have focused instead on doing the people’s business in Washington.

I believe that Americans on both sides of the political divide would trade away Mueller’s entire investigation in a heartbeat in exchange for the real, meaningful progress this country could have made if our efforts had been directed at solving problems rather than bickering over the legitimate result of a presidential election.

Democrats thought this would be the “movie” version of the “book” presented by Mueller in his written report. They were betting on it being “The Lion King,” but what we saw was more like “Ferris Mueller’s Day Off.”

It’s hard to overstate just how many opportunities were lost. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton disagreed on many, many issues, but even after Trump’s 2016 victory, both candidates’ supporters remained broadly united on many other fronts.

That could have served as a solid foundation for compromise and bipartisanship if Democrats had not poisoned the well of cooperation by inventing the collusion hoax to excuse their candidate’s stunning electoral defeat.

Take, for example, overhauling America’s infrastructure. Our roads, bridges, tunnels, railroads, waterways, and transportation hubs are the sinews and the lifeblood of the American economy. Unfortunately, much of our existing transportation network remains essentially unimproved from the New Deal public works projects of the 1930s and ’40s and the interstate highway program of the 1950s and ’60s.

While China, our only true economic competitor, builds gleaming new superhighways and other civil engineering marvels, America’s infrastructure is crumbling for lack of maintenance and modernization.

In 2016, there was a lot of political will to fix the problem with bipartisan support. Even Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., declared he was ready to work with Trump on an infrastructure package in those pre-witch hunt days.

But that golden opportunity quickly slipped away under the sinister cloud of Russiagate. President Trump is a dealmaker, not a partisan, but it ultimately proved impossible for Democrats to work with the president while simultaneously devoting all of their political capital to framing him as a traitor, a criminal, and a Russian intelligence asset.

Democrats rode the Russiagate hysteria to victory in key House races in the 2018 midterm elections, but Democratic control of the House of Representatives only intensified government gridlock. The American people have paid the price with the failure of Congress to approve funding for overwhelmingly popular infrastructure improvements.

The same disappointing narrative played out in the debates over trade, immigration, health care, and a host of other pressing problems. Despite broad public agreement on these matters, we’ve seen little to no progress for more than two years. Russiagate simply consumed all.

The collusion hoax has been especially detrimental to America’s relationship with Russia, the one area in which Russian electoral interference is actually relevant. Even President Obama and Hillary Clinton recognized that in some instances maintaining a working relationship with the former superpower is essential, regardless of the differences we may have with the Russian government.

Without Russiagate, Trump stood poised to actually accomplish the “reset” in U.S.-Russian relations that backfired so embarrassingly for Clinton when she was secretary of state.

Meaningful coordination and negotiation with Russia could have eased tensions and improved outcomes with respect to the frozen conflict in Ukraine, the fight against ISIS in Syria, containing the growing threat posed by China, bringing Iran’s nuclear ambitions to heel, and countless other areas central to America’s national interest.

Instead, because of Russiagate, every effort President Trump has made to cooperate more closely with Russia on areas of mutual interest has been cast in a ridiculously sinister light by Democrats and the liberal media, bringing out calls of “treason” and fever dreams about Vladimir Putin pulling the strings in Washington.

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The Trump administration could have been the start of a new era of political comity and bipartisan progress for America, but Democrats turned it into an era of bitter partisanship with the collusion witch hunt.

All we can do now is wonder what might have been as we watch Democrats make yet another ridiculous attempt at a coup against the president.

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