The political theater surrounding Democrats and the Mueller report reached new heights this week with the House Judiciary Committee kicking off a series of testimonies they have dubbed “Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes.”
In a truly ludicrous move, House Democrats called on John Dean to testify on the Mueller report. For those that don’t know, Dean is best known for his role in the Watergate scandal. A former counsel to Richard Nixon, Dean later cooperated with authorities against Nixon and accusing the president of a coverup following the break in at the 1972 break-in Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building.
His involvement in the series of testimonies was a clear move by Democrats to compare the Mueller report to Watergate, though that comparison is shaky in reality at best.
The Mueller report found Donald Trump innocent of the collusion he was originally accused of and it made no conclusions on obstruction of justice, the new charge Democrats are suddenly obsessed with pursuing.
Dean’s testimony was rather worthless since he has made his thoughts on the Mueller report and Trump very clear. He previously said the Mueller report is more “damning” than Watergate and that it shows clear proof of obstruction of justice, an opinion many vehemently disagree with including Attorney General William Barr.
Trump lashed out at House Dems and Dean on Twitter on the eve of the man’s testimony. He called Dean a “CNN sleazebag” and told House Dems to “go back to work” instead of trying to get a “redo” on the Mueller investigation.
“For two years all the Democrats talked about was the Mueller Report, because they knew that it was loaded up with 13 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, later increased to 18,” tweeted Trump. “But despite the bias, when the Report came out, the findings were No Collusion and facts that led to No Obstruction. The Dems were devastated – after all this time and money spent ($40,000,000), the Mueller Report was a disaster for them. But they want a Redo, or Do Over. They are even bringing in @CNN sleazebag attorney John Dean. Sorry, no Do Overs – Go back to work!”
In his opening remarks, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) did his usual song and dance about the Mueller report being far more damaging to Trump than it is. He also said meekly at one point that he “hopes” he can get Robert Mueller himself to testify.
“I hope that we will hear testimony from the special counsel as well,” he said.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) was also given a chance to give opening remarks and commented by saying the testimonies set in place were a waste of time if Mueller himself is not involved.
“There’s an obsession,” Collins said of Democrats and the Mueller report.
On Nalder, Collins said the Judiciary Committee has stooped down to the level of “asking for opinions from commentators.”
In his testimony, Nadler kept things short and sweet. He mostly tried to draw a parallel between Nixon and Trump, though he was never very clear about that connection.
Dean said Nixon obstructed justice during the Watergate scandal and he claimed Trump did as well by offering “pardons” and “favorable treatment” to people like Manafort, Cohen and Roger Stone (whose name is actually redacted from the Mueller report and thus unconfirmed) in exchange for “their silence.”
The trouble with this thinking is there is nothing concrete about it. The best Dean can come up with when accusing the president of obstruction of justice is several times he may or may not have tried to obstruct an investigation, but nothing came out of it. Dean claims the Mueller report shows clear obstruction of justice but if it did then it would have drawn a conclusion on the matter.
Dean said the Mueller report is a “roadmap” for the House Judiciary Committee.
Dean admitted he could provide no practical insight into the Mueller report.
“Clearly, I’m not here today as a fact witness,” he said at one point.
He then added, “I hope I can give a little historic perspective on the Mueller report.”
Dean’s testimony concluded in pretty much the same way the Mueller investigation did — by offering the American people a big nothing burger to munch on.
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