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House Democrats are facing a daunting challenge this week -- goading Robert Mueller into offering testimony that could irreparably damage Donald Trump's presidency, since Democrats have struggled to use Mueller's report to stoke any public outcry against the president's conduct.

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Amid all the breathless optimism in the MSM, it looks like the DNC Spin Doctors are already working behind the scenes, "downplaying expectations for the hearings", since there is a strong likelihood that this is going to be a huge disappointment for their base.

All I know is that if Wednesday blows up in Nadler and Schiff's faces, they should step down from their Chairmanships.

The window to begin an impeachment inquiry is already almost closed, and the likelihood of Mueller blowing open that window is very slim at this point.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 05:57 PM | Reply

Zed has his Dick Tracy plastic handcuffs ready just in case,

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-22 06:09 PM | Reply

Robert Mueller is a Marine, who has already given his word that the report is his testimony. He has further stated that he would not provide anything other than what is already in the released report.

He will stick to his decision because that's the kind of person he is. Anything else would be against his principles, no matter what his personal opinion is.

This exercise will add up to even more disappointment for the House Judiciary Committee and the left.

#3 | Posted by hoser at 2019-07-22 06:13 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

He has further stated that he would not provide anything other than what is already in the released report.

Agreed, which is why this could go down as one of the most over-hyped hearings ever.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 06:25 PM | Reply

Republicans get to ask questions too.

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-22 06:37 PM | Reply

Republicans get to ask questions too.

Republican #1: How much are you getting paid for your book deal?

Republican #2: Have you been approached for a movie deal yet?

Republican #3: Mueller is only doing this to financially profit from it.

Republican #4: Go back to where you came from!

#6 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-22 06:41 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"Lock him up! Lock him up!"

Snoofshackabortionanniorky

#7 | Posted by Spork at 2019-07-22 06:43 PM | Reply

#7

If you're lucky, Sherp or Nulli will swing by with a sympathy "funny" flag for you.

You seem like you could use one.

#8 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-22 06:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#8

Don't worry, Snoofy will check on any flags on this thread for you since that is now "kinda his thang."

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 06:52 PM | Reply

If you're lucky, Reinreacharound will show up before you get too lonely, slappy.

#10 | Posted by Spork at 2019-07-22 06:53 PM | Reply

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#9 My fans are still upset and causing drama because I can't give them a "Rent Free" flag.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-22 06:55 PM | Reply

Snoofy will check on any flags on this thread

Unless Nulli beats him to it.

Nulli seems very uptight about whos giving who flags. Especially funny flags he doesn't feel are appropriately used.

He cried to Jeff about me flagging his dumb posts funny.

#12 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-22 06:59 PM | Reply

If you're lucky,

I did find a penny earlier today, heads up!

Could today be my lucky day??

#13 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-22 07:00 PM | Reply

#12

I didn't see that, playing WFW is uncharacteristic for the artist formerly known as Bill O'Reilly as well.

#14 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 07:11 PM | Reply

I generally don't flag dumb comments funny. But the one day I did, Nulli was all over it.

Either way. I didn't lose any sleep.

#15 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-22 07:13 PM | Reply

-I didn't see that, playing WFW

That was a retort to some idiot playing WFW on a thread where Clownshack was handing out sarcastic funny flags like confetti. What goes around...

#16 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-22 07:16 PM | Reply

#16

😢

#17 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-22 07:21 PM | Reply

Nulli seems very uptight about whos giving who flags. Especially funny flags he doesn't feel are appropriately used.

He cried to Jeff about me flagging his dumb posts funny.

#12 | Posted by ClownShack

Hell, he's given more sarcastic FFs to informational posts than anyone here.

You know, how the popdown menu appears, and sometimes before you scroll down it reverts to 'Received,' giving an errant flag?

Of course he whined like a little beech over an errant FF. So sad!

#18 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-22 07:21 PM | Reply

--informational posts

lol

#19 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-22 07:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Uh, oh, NULLI is stalking ...

#20 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-22 07:25 PM | Reply

LOL

Now that Hans is taking a break (which he does from time to time), it actually has been refreshing not to have threads spammed with historical WFWs to somehow make a point.

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 07:59 PM | Reply

Hans is in the Swiss Alps seeking A Cure for Wellness.

Once the eels have made him well, he will don his foam helmet and return.

#22 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-22 08:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

> hoping that Mueller vocalizing his findings will jolt complacent Americans

Most Americans don't know exactly what those findings are. Trump voters don't care what they are, swing voters aren't paying attention, and people who do pay at least a modicum of attention already know that we have ------ 'ho in the Oval Office.

This is just another chance for to expose swing voters who don't really know what it's all about to some of the facts.

Oh, and to give rwingers here a chance to whine about that exposure.

#23 | Posted by Corky at 2019-07-22 09:13 PM | Reply

In a letter to Mueller, Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer said his testimony set for Wednesday before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees "must remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by executive privilege."

#24 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-07-22 09:17 PM | Reply

In a letter to Mueller, Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer said his testimony set for Wednesday before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees "must remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by executive privilege."

#24 | POSTED BY PUNCHYPOSSUM

What are they going to do? Fire him?

#25 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-22 11:33 PM | Reply

This "administration" has no clue what 'Executive Privilege means.
They throw it out there moon-pies at the Mobile, AL. Mardis Gras.

#26 | Posted by YAV at 2019-07-22 11:39 PM | Reply

#26 | POSTED BY YAV

Bama Drive in ... used to work there back in the days...

#27 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-07-22 11:43 PM | Reply

Concessions or entry? :)

Drive-ins - a special piece of America.

All that's left now are the memories.

#28 | Posted by YAV at 2019-07-22 11:51 PM | Reply

#23

Whistling ====> Graveyard

#29 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-23 12:21 AM | Reply

Now that Hans is taking a break (which he does from time to time)...

#21 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

He made a cameo within the last few days.

#30 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-23 10:23 AM | Reply

Drive-ins - a special piece of America.
All that's left now are the memories.

#28 | POSTED BY YAV

We still have a couple up here in Michigan.

Ford-Wyoming has been around forever. But it's almost an hour drive and it's in a neighborhood that's not so nice. We have a sports facility that runs 3 screens during the summer that is only a 20 minute drive. We park the Flex facing away from the screen and my 2 boys (now 18 and 15) build a nest and watch from inside the back of the vehicle and my wife and I sit outside the vehicle on comfortable folding chairs with a cooler full of beer between us. We always go down right when they open at 730 and have a 'picnic dinner'. It's a family event we all look forward to every summer.

The only thing I miss with the sports facility is that because it wasn't designed as a drive-in it doesn't have those little window-mounted speakers. Even though all drive-ins now broadcast the movies on a radio frequency you play through your car speakers, I still miss that little window speaker. Nostalgia, I guess.

#31 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-23 10:30 AM | Reply

I keep hearing that he should answer all questions, even outside of the report.

"Mr. Mueller, let's talk about Hillary and whether intent matters.

9-11, where are the videos from all locations near the Pentagon and should they be released?

Where is Marilyn Monroe's diary?"

#32 | Posted by Petrous at 2019-07-23 11:21 AM | Reply

Should George Bush and Dick Cheney be brought forth to testify under oath regarding 9-11?

How do we get Kanrei to visit on the DR.

Is Bert really interested in Ernie, or was it just a ratings ploy?

#33 | Posted by Petrous at 2019-07-23 11:25 AM | Reply

I fully expect every Republican to ask this question (or similar):
Rep: Are you claiming that President Trump broke any laws?
Mueller: No
Rep: Did you recommend any charges against President Trump?
Mueller: No

Repeat that for every Republican representative asking questions. String them all together. There's your most played soundbite to come out of the process.
Hell, you might throw this one in there depending on questions they've already posed to him:
Rep: Do you feel that your investigation was obstructed by the President?
Mueller: No (if the answer isn't 'no', the question isn't coming from a Republican)

#34 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-07-23 11:47 AM | Reply

"Rep: Are you claiming that President Trump broke any laws?

Mueller: That was never our question, since it's DOJ policy a sitting president cannot be charged; that task is up to people in Congress like you.

"Rep: Did you recommend any charges against President Trump?"

Mueller: If you didn't understand my previous answer, I'll repeat it.

Yeah...string those answers together again and again.

#35 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-07-23 11:54 AM | Reply

#35

If that happens, people will tune out and Pelosi still won't have the cojones to start an impeachment inquiry.

If the Dems want this testimony to move the needle, Mueller is going to have to go off script, and by all prior indications they are going to have their work cut out for them.

#36 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-23 11:58 AM | Reply

#30

Good, I was worried that something had happened to him other than DR fatigue.

#37 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-23 11:58 AM | Reply

"If that happens, people will tune out and Pelosi still won't have the cojones to start an impeachment inquiry."

Pelosi's not going to impeach, as a default.

#38 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-07-23 12:02 PM | Reply


@#36 ... Pelosi still won't have the cojones to start an impeachment inquiry. ...

At this point, I'd say she has more cojones for not starting an impeachment proceeding.

She knows full well that impeachment is a political process.

She also knows that in the current political environment, there is one thing that is worse than not starting an impeachment proceeding: starting one, impeaching Pres Trump and then have the spineless Senate Republicans refuse to convict.


Remember, impeachment, and the conviction process, is political, not legal. It has to be looked at through the lens of politics.

#39 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-23 12:08 PM | Reply

#38

Agreed, and since that is the case, this is just more political theater. The problem is, most Americans have already tuned out, and if it backfires on the Dems, Trump is going to run with it all the way to reelection.

The stakes for the Dems are incredibly high here, while Trump has reasonable confidence that Pelosi will not commence impeachment proceedings for fear of looking bad and losing control of the House, and he knows that the Dems will not get 2/3 of the Senate to covict. If this backfires, it may not matter what Pelosi does.

#40 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-23 12:08 PM | Reply

"Remember, impeachment, and the conviction process, is political, not legal."

More than that, it's a Constitutional obligation. If they believe they have what constitutes impeachable offenses, they are sworn to begin proceedings.

#41 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-07-23 12:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#39

Duh, but as the leader of the House, the Speaker has a duty to investigate High Crimes and Misdemeanors, and she is ignoring that for political expediency. she also wants maximum hearings on Trump to make him look bad, but that is a mistake since he does a fine job of doing that all on his own.

I think that is a dereliction of duty, and if she opened an inquiry then most of the Administrations objections go away, since they are grounded in the legislative process and an impeachment inquiry becomes a criminal matter.

#42 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-23 12:12 PM | Reply

Remember, impeachment, and the conviction process, is political, not legal.

This is partially wrong: The decision to start the impeachment process is political, but once it commences it is purely legal but for the voting.

#43 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-23 12:14 PM | Reply

Rep: The Attorney General, the Asst Attorney General and the Dept. of Justice has determined that insufficient evidence of criminality exists to indict President Trump for any crimes related to obstruction of justice. Do you agree with their assessment of the evidence you provided?
Mueller:

#44 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-07-23 12:14 PM | Reply

" as the leader of the House, the Speaker has a duty to investigate High Crimes and Misdemeanors"

Remember when you held Paul Ryan to that same standard?

No one else does, either.

#45 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-07-23 12:14 PM | Reply

"once it commences it is purely legal but for the voting."

...which will be 100% political, and is the only issue that really counts.

#46 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-07-23 12:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#45

Remember when the Mueller Report came out when Paul Ryan was Speaker?

No one else does, either.

#47 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-23 12:18 PM | Reply


@#41 ... More than that, it's a Constitutional obligation ...

It is not a obligation dictated by the Constitution.

The Constitution gives the House the power of impeachment, and states the offenses under which it can be used.

The Constitution does not say the House has the obligation to use that power.

#48 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-23 12:19 PM | Reply

"Remember when the Mueller Report came out when Paul Ryan was Speaker? No one else does, either."

Remember when Trump told Lester Holt he fired Comey because Russia was a hoax? Remember when he told the Russians the next day firing Comey would end the Russia investigation?

Everyone else does, too.

#49 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-07-23 12:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Remember when Danforth added the word 'because' to a statement making it untrue? I do.

#50 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-07-23 12:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#49

Great, remind Nancy of that, maybe she will do the right thing and start impeachment proceedings.

Oh, that's right, I remember that you are terrified of her doing that.

#51 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-23 12:42 PM | Reply

#50

When DNC Dan puts on the Donkey Suit, he does things like that.

A lot.

#52 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-23 12:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Rep: The Attorney General, the Asst Attorney General and the Dept. of Justice has determined that insufficient evidence of criminality exists to indict President Trump for any crimes related to obstruction of justice. Do you agree with their assessment of the evidence you provided?
Mueller:
#44 | Posted by Avigdore

Mueller: The basis of your question is incorrect. The AG, Assistant AG and the DoJ have a policy of not indicting sitting presidents. Next question?

#53 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-07-23 12:43 PM | Reply

"Remember when Danforth added the word 'because' to a statement making it untrue? I do."

Remember when Avigdore played "First, let's pretend we're all stupid"...? If so, the day ended in -y.

#54 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-07-23 12:45 PM | Reply

"When DNC Dan puts on the Donkey Suit, he does things like that. "

Looks like RetardOfCenter still can't find those posts where I praise Democrats.

Keep trying, ------.

#55 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-07-23 12:46 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"I remember that you are terrified of her doing that."

Looks like your memory sucks, too. Why would I be terrified of something that's never going to happen?

#56 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-07-23 12:54 PM | Reply

Mueller: The basis of your question is incorrect. The AG, Assistant AG and the DoJ have a policy of not indicting sitting presidents. Next question?
#53 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-07-23 12:43 PM

I'm sure that you are aware the Barr and Rosenstein discussed that policy with the OLC and determined that they could make their determination outside of that policy. Since you are aware that the DOJ agrees that they can make a determination outside of that non-binding policy, the question remains: Do you agree with the US Department of Justice when it made the determination that there is insufficient evidence of criminality to even charge President Trump with any crimes resulting from your investigation?

#57 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-07-23 01:52 PM | Reply

^^^ should have a Rep: in front

#58 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-07-23 02:13 PM | Reply

Looks like RetardOfCenter still can't find those posts where I praise Democrats.
Keep trying, ------.

#55 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

I addressed this on another thread (not sure if you saw it):

Every time you respond to somebody bashing Dems it's with a deflection, whataboutism or the GOP is worse.
Every. Single. Time.

POSTED BY JEFFJ

Your reflexive need to defend Dems under all circumstances would be far less of an issue if you didn't try to constantly - and oftentimes baselessly - accuse others who are less partisan than you of being hyper- partisans.

POSTED BY JEFFJ

#59 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-23 04:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why would I be terrified of something that's never going to happen?

#56 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

I think what he meant was you are terrified of her doing it in a hypothetical sense.

#60 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-23 04:17 PM | Reply

Honestly, I usually just pray for my political enemies.

But their tears when this does NOTHING (or at least nothing that will help them) will be welcomed.

Stubborn haters.

#61 | Posted by drivelikejehu at 2019-07-23 04:38 PM | Reply

"Every time you respond to somebody bashing Dems it's with a deflection, whataboutism or the GOP is worse."

Probably because the GOP is worse.

Dems aren't borrowing trillions for a tax giveaway, aren't caging kids as a purposeful cruelty, or passing laws restricting a woman's control over her own body.

And you still can't tell the difference between bashing Republicans and praising Democrats.

#62 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-07-23 04:44 PM | Reply

And you still can't tell the difference between bashing Republicans and praising Democrats.

#62 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

It's not so much praise as it is a reflexive need to defend Democrats' malfeasance at all costs through deflections, etc.

#63 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-23 04:53 PM | Reply

"It's not so much praise..."

Translation: you still can't find a single post where I praised Democrats, despite your repeated recent claims.

#64 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-07-23 04:57 PM | Reply

#63

Don't forget that DNC Dannac the Magnificent can also read minds!

#65 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-23 04:59 PM | Reply

"Don't forget that DNC Dannac the Magnificent can also read minds!"

Translation: I couldn't find any of Danforth's posts praising Democrats, either.
~RetardOfCenter

#66 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-07-23 05:36 PM | Reply

You don't need to praise Democrats when your deflector shields for them are perpetually set at maximum.

#67 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-23 05:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Great. Another episode of Jealous Jeff being upset that Dems actually had decent folks to vote for.

POSTED BY DANFORTH AT 2019-07-16 12:38 AM

Gee, that took about a minute to find.

#68 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-23 06:08 PM | Reply

#68 - that's praise?

Wow. I guess so given what the Republicans are these days.

#69 | Posted by YAV at 2019-07-23 10:45 PM | Reply

#30

Good, I was worried that something had happened to him other than DR fatigue.

#37 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

I correspond with him somewhat regularly and have done so recently. He's doing well - nothing to worry about as far as that goes.

#70 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-23 11:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

All you need to know is that Democrats spent 40 million dollars of tax money on this sh-tshow.

Please watch and see what 40 million buys you in today's money...

It could have gone to the homeless... it would have made 40 of them really really happy.

So are you happy watching it... 40 million worth?

Come on... you know your Trump hatred is worth at least that much...

#71 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-07-23 11:55 PM | Reply

...40 million...40 million...40 million...

Yeah, revenue neutral ---- head. Read a book.

#72 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-07-24 12:05 AM | Reply

- It could have gone to the homeless

They don't care about the homeless. Have you heard a single Dem candidate propose a solution?

Nope. But they're all ready to give illegals full medical coverage. LOL even Joe got mob bullied into raising his hand at the debate.

#73 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-24 12:06 AM | Reply

Yeah, revenue neutral ---- head. Read a book.
#72 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11

So it was free?

#74 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-24 12:07 AM | Reply

So it was free?
#74 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

You're the sharp one on the thread tonight, eh?

#75 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-07-24 12:11 AM | Reply

"All you need to know is that Democrats spent 40 million dollars of tax money on this sh-tshow."

Why wouldn't you blame the folks who kept walking in on surveilled Russians? I mean, you're not going to pretend if the shoe were on the other foot, and it was HRC who lied about meeting with the Russians right before a narrow victory...you're not going to pretend you wouldn't be demanding an FBI investigation, right?

"40 million worth?"

Not once you count the value turned over to the treasury as a result of the investigations. You know...Actual Math, instead of Republican Math™.

Right now, with Republican Math™, 40 million of outlays minus 40 million of confiscations equals...

...40 million.

But have no fear: you're only 40 million off.

#76 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-07-24 12:29 AM | Reply

#76

Let us all know then those turnover orders are fulfilled.

#77 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-24 01:07 AM | Reply

Anyone else think Fox has a kitten they're going to put up a tree, then call 9-1-1, and cover that, instead of the Mueller testimony?

G-d bless our First Responders.

#78 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-24 01:09 AM | Reply

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