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Okay, here we go. I'm watching it on C-Span. Scheduled to start in about 8 minutes. I'll be live-tweeting the hell out of this, so if you don't want your zone flooded this morning mute me.
Enters the man.
Doug Collins: asserts that no one on the campaign wanted help in the election; no collusion or conspiracy. Nope.
Collins says he wants to know about the origins of the investigation. "Baseless gossip" indeed. Political leanings of a handful of FBI leaders. Mueller can hardly believe this.
In his opening statement: we did not address collusion which is not a legal term. Only looked at criminal conspiracy! Hold on.
We did not make a decision to reach a determination about obstruction out of fairness. That is our position today. Expresses concerns about ongoing investigations and hearings. Cannot comment on any way that might affect ongoing matter. Thinks the Stone trial especially.
Cannot address the Steele dossier (subject to ongoing review) or the opening of the investigation (which occurred before his appointment). This will be sorely disappointing to the Rs.
Will not comment today on actions and statements of the Attorney General William Barr.
Ha. Admits the Report never said there was no obstruction. Trump must be tearing out his hair and chewing the carpet.
Did not totally exonerate the president. This is going to be beyond wonderful.
The OLC opinion was only one guide. The president refused to be interviewed. Wanted this for over a year. Nadler concludes. Very competent questioning by Nadler.
Found insufficient evidence of criminal conspiracy, not no evidence. Collins: wants him to identify "collusion" and "conspiracy." He declines to agree. Mueller only concedes a point about what it means in the law, not the way it is generally understood by the public (or Trump).
Found that the Trump campaign expected to benefit from Russia's interference. Lofgren is good. She's killing it on Manafort-Kilimnick relationship. Russia benefited from info given to them by Manafort. Wow! Suggests there is information that the committee has on this.
Ratcliffe. Mueller says there is no precedent for the way thisi was handled, because a POTUS is unique. Exactly right. Ratcliffe: Vol II not authorized. Was written in violation of DOJ guidelines. Nope. The POTUS is unique.
All the stuff that Ratcliffe throws up against the wall and hopes that it will stick is covered and deconstructed in detail in my 124 page Reader's Guide to the Mueller Report.
Jackson Lee. Mueller says yes when she suggests that Trump had corrupt intent. To avoid personal embarrassment is a possible motive. It doesn't have to be based on fear of criminal indictment. See my Reader's Guide.
Sensenbrenner. Mueller says in response that the OLC opinion says you can investigate even if you don't indict. Doesn't mean the investigation is a "fishing expedition." Mueller says he cannot discuss 302s etc. Ongoing stuff.
Steve Cohen. Goes after Trump for trying to get Sessions to unrecuse. The DOJ had itself advised Sessions that he had to recuse. Unrecusal is an issue, because it suggests obstruction of the investigation. Mueller seems to be pleased that the Ds are bringing up this stuff.
Cohen: AG should be the attorney general for the people of the US, not a consigliere. Mueller agrees! Cohen's summary is great. Trump is shown to have wanted to get control over the investigation.
Steve Chabot. Wants to get into Simpson and GPS Fusion and Steele. Mueller says he cannot get into it, just as he said in his opening statement. But Chabot won't take no for an answer. Prevezon and Natalia Veselnitskaya. Same answer. Chabot just can't stop. "Outside my purview."
Chabot. "Let me move on." Good idea. But he still keeps charging ahead. This is getting embarrassing.
Hank Johnson. D Georgia. Mueller agrees that Trump ordered McGahn to fire him (Mueller). Attempted obstruction. (Attempts to obstruct also violate the law.) This is turning into a field day for Ds. Nadler must be planning formal impeachment hearings in his head as this proceeds.
Hank Johnson discussing McGahn and Trump's reaction to the public information that an obstruction investigation had been opened. All covered in great detail in my Reader's Guide.
Louis Gohmert. Brace yourself. Gohmert is an idiot.
Ted Deutsch. In general, Ds and Mueller are staying within the four corners of the Report. So there is nothing new here that is not in the Report (or in my Reader's Guide). But Wow: there are some exchanges here that are going to go viral. Trump must be going nuts.
Deutsch. Anyone else would be indicted and arrested who did the same thing. But Mueller was barred because a sitting president cannot be indicted. MUELLER NODS AND AGREES. Zounds!
Getting into the letter to AG complaining about the confusion it has created in the public mind. Mueller refuses to "get into it." Will not say whether anything in Barr's letter is inaccurate. Wow! There is ugly stuff lurking here. He refuses to come to the defense of Barr.
Won't say who wrote the letter, how it was "leaked" or anything. He does STAND BY THE LETTER. Barr must be freaking.
Karen Bass. D-CA. Mueller seems to be pleased that she is dredging up all the McGahn stuff. Mueller's look seems to say: Yes, it all happened as the Report says. I can hardly believe that it happened as described myself. Wonderful.
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