By W. AUGUST MAYER
July 24, 2019 - San Francisco - PipeLineNews.org - Mercilessly, as the hours rolled on in an expanded format joint House Committee hearing today, viewers witnessed the destruction of perhaps the Democrat Party’s most vivid meme as Robert Mueller attempted – unsuccessfully - to testify cogently regarding his tainted investigation of the President.
Across two rounds of questioning, Mueller came across, not as the savior of the Democrat Party, but rather as a confused, pitiable and doddering old man who seemed to have only a marginal grasp of a report that he presumably had written.
So bad a performance was given by Team Mueller that Matt Drudge [who is NOT a fan of our Blonde Barbarian President] penned a headline describing the bizarre appearance as “ Dazed and Confused ” also please refer to “ Disaster Day in DC for Democrats as Mueller Testifies .”
“Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller frequently appeared confused during his much-anticipated Capitol Hill testimony Wednesday. Mueller, [who has been depicted as the Clark Kent of the DOJ]...had to ask lawmakers to regularly repeat their questions, seemingly struggling to pay attention. At other points, Mueller got confused about whether the members of Congress were asking him questions or if they were reading from his own report. In just the first 90 minutes of the hearing, Mueller needed help understanding questions more than 10 times.”
It was considerably worse than that, as the impeachment trap that seems to have originated at the Brookings Institution and one of its propaganda arms, “Lawfare” in cahoots with DC law firms, DOJ and the “Five Eyes” intelligence “partners” blew up in the face of the real conspirators, the very long arm of America’s permanent ruling class, the Administrative/Deep State.
That’s about it by way of commentary, Mueller’s performance was so pathetic that it strikes this writer as cruel to pile on further - yeah, right - this mendacious, preening scumbag can now crawl back into his den, his work here is done...done that is, but not done well...
There is of course a backstory, here the complexity of which bears the marks of a continuing rogue intelligence operation, drawing together all the tools available to the Administrative State, so what follows is a brief timeline that attempts to connect some of the newer dots in the Democrat plot to overthrow the duly elected President of the United States...
On the public side, the attempted coup appears to have been greatly aided by NGOs, specifically the Brookings Institute, two of whose fellows [Norman Eisen and Barry Berke] are [or were after today’s crash-and-burn] on loan to Jerry Nadler, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee from where they will presumably continue to coordinate black-ops for the “Masters of the Universe.”
May 9, 2017 - Comey fired
May 17, 2017 - Mueller appointed
May 18, 2017 – Ben Wittes - What Jim Comey Told Me
May 18, 2017 – New York Times piece relying upon Wittes
“Mr. Wittes said he never intended to publicly discuss his conversations with Mr. Comey. But after The New York Times reported earlier this month that shortly after his inauguration Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey for a loyalty pledge , Mr. Wittes said he saw Mr. Trump’s behavior in a “more menacing light” and decided to speak out.”
June 2, 2017 – Lawfare article first suggesting §1512 Does and FBI Investigation Qualify Under Obstruction of Justice Standards - Hellen Klein Murillo, Benjamin Wittes
“In sum, it’s possible that §1512 is the more appropriate statutory provision. It also happens to be easier to prove because it doesn’t require a “pending” proceeding (though the defendant must have contemplated the existence of some future proceeding in order to intend to obstruct it). But as Julie O’Sullivan highlights, the state of the law is a mess - predictably only in the vast array of conduct it could potentially sweep up.”
Oct. 10, 2017 - Brookings publish - Barry H. Burke, Noah Bookbinder
“Finally, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley has argued that President Trump’s comments to Comey on February 14 do not establish a prima facie case for obstruction of justice, and it “would be a highly dangerous interpretation to allow obstruction charges at this stage.” According to Turley, if prosecutors could “charge people at the investigation stage of cases, a wide array of comments or conduct could be criminalized.”
But Turley fails to recognize that prosecutors already have the unambiguous power to bring charges for obstructive acts during the investigation stage. Section 1512 is specifically designed to capture obstructive acts that occur before a proceeding has been initiated.Charges relating to interference with federal investigators are already very common under 18 U.S.C. § 1001. Finally, Turley’s fear of a slippery slope is unpersuasive—President Trump’s obstructive acts are not limited to the February 14 meeting, and the president’s unique power to stymie an investigation allays any realistic concerns that ordinary citizens will be charged for making statements similar to those made by President Trump to Director Comey.”
Not sure why the authors would include Turley’s commentary since it blows their dangerous suggestion out of the water; the only reason they like 18 U.S.C. § 1512 is that it is so overbroad that it gives a prosecutor almost limitless power.
March 2018 - Boycott the GOP – mindless partisan douche Ben Wittes. The Atlantic
Oct 17, 2016 - Ben Wittes - Coalition of All Democratic Forces I.
“Right now, at least in my view, no foreign actor threatens that survival even a tenth as much as does the public fracturing we are currently experiencing domestically. No damage ISIS threatens worries me as much as does the flirtation of large swaths of our population with a frankly undemocratic movement that organizes itself as a cult of personality and trades openly in lies and delegitimizations of our institutions and elections and almost as openly in racism, xenophobia, and threats of violence.”
October 18, 2016 - Coalition...Part II. “ A Government of National Unity ”
“And we are in a crisis, the depths of which even a Clinton landslide victory will not mask. If she wins this election, Clinton needs to try to keep the democratic coalition that defeated Trump together as long as possible. And the coalition, however much elements of it may detest her, cannot simply adopt a policy of biting at her ankles.
Clinton, in other words, needs to be willing to fundamentally reorient her presidency to do address the crisis, and conservatives wise and moral enough to have opposed Trump should help her do so.”
October 24, 2016 - Coalition...Part III. A Coalition of All Democratic Forces, What if Trump Wins ?
Ben Wittes uses the “insurance policy” phrase only two months after the Strzok-Paige interchange [August 15, 2016] even though the contents were not publicly released until December 13, 2017
“This is why I keep life insurance, even though I have a much lower than seven percent chance of dying this year. And while I don’t think I have a 16 percent chance of major medical expenses either, I still maintain a health insurance policy, as do other healthy people who know what’s good for them. Responsible people plan for disasters of this likelihood; and while the Sunday shows yesterday were full of talk of whether the presidential race is over, a major party candidate for president always has a chance of prevailing. Always. So our democracy needs a health insurance policy. Indeed, it’s not enough to imagine how the Coalition of All Democratic Forces , which I posited last Monday, might respond to a Clinton victory , a subject which I discussed discussed on Tuesday.”
Page-Strzok exchange :
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok wrote in a cryptic text message to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer and his mistress. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40,” Strzok wrote in the text, dated August 15, 2016.
June 8, 2018 – Barr, while still in private practice at Kirkland and Ellis sends guidance re USC 18 § 1512(c)(2) to DAG Rosenstein noting its inappropriateness and the likely dangers to the institution itself if it comes to be used against the Executive Branch and conduct of administrative law generally.
November 7, 2018 - Sessions fired
December 7, 2018 - Barr nominated
February 12, 2019 - Authors - Norman Eisen and Barry Berke hired by Nadler, announcement
“Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) announced that Barry H. Berke, Esq., and Ambassador (ret.) Norman L. Eisen, Esq. have been retained on a consulting basis as special oversight counsels to the Majority Staff, advising the Committee’s Oversight Counsel team on a range of issues. In their role, Mr. Berke and Ambassador (ret.) Eisen will consult on oversight matters related to the Department of Justice, including the Department’s review of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, and other oversight and policy issues within the Committee’s jurisdiction.”
Norman Eisen, partisan hack, Obamunista:
“From 2007 to 2009, Eisen was active in the presidential campaign of his law school classmate Barack Obama before joining the transition team of then-President-elect Obama as deputy counsel. On January 20, 2009, Obama named him Special Counsel for Ethics and Government Reform in the White House - Wiki .
Barry H. Berke, Partner Kramer Levin hopelessly conflicted, apparently still working at Kramer while “consulting” Nadler at 125k a year, just under the limit where he would be classified as Sr. Staff and required to make financial disclosure.
Letter from Rep Doug Collins - [R-GA] to Kramer Levin suggesting possible conflict of interest - Neveloff, Jordan Rosenbaum and Jeffrey Braun’s Kramer biographies scrubbed of references to work for Trump Org.Collins Committee Staff (202) 225-6906.
Archived at Linkedin “Jay Neveloff - Partner Kramer Levin”
“Donald Trump and The Trump Organization have also been clients for more than 25 years in innumerable real estate matters, including Trump Tower, 40 Wall Street, Trump Palace, Trump International in New York and Chicago, the GM Building, the Plaza Hotel, and numerous other matters.”
From Trump Org, via CNN . “On Tuesday, the Trump Organization called Kramer Levin's claims "false, as the many press releases issued by Kramer Levin concerning their work for us (to say nothing of the invoices we have paid) attest. The firm's work for us is in no way pro-forma or 'ministerial.' It arises from a thirty-year relationship rooted in complex real estate matters."
April 18, 2019 - Mueller report released...
July 24, 2019 - report effectively closed
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