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#MuellerHearings
#HouseIntel
#Round2
Round two about to start... everyone settle into your seats and prepare to be dumbfounded at how the dems thought this gambit would work...
@RepAdamSchiff preparing to start off. Ol' Doll Eyes begins by thanking Mueller for his lifetime of service.

Schiff calls the report "devastating" (but leaves out for whom).
@RepAdamSchiff Schiff on the report: "Tells the story about disloyalty to country."

Seriously, fuck off, Schiff.
@RepAdamSchiff @RepAdamSchiff goes on to say that "disloyalty may not have been criminal" after YEARS of telling the public it WAS criminal and provable and he had seen the evidence.

So was he lying then or now?
@RepAdamSchiff "A Trump Tower in the heart of Moscow"...

Oh lord. This is going to be painful.

Wonder how much Steyer paid Schiff for adding that line?
@RepAdamSchiff "Trump and his team wanted more money for themselves."
Schiff
@RepAdamSchiff @RepAdamSchiff says Trump's scheme to coverup was worse than the Russian meddling in the election.

He said that with a straight face.

Seriously.
@RepAdamSchiff Ol' Doll Eyes should be VERY nervous.
@RepAdamSchiff "Worse than all the lies and greed is the disloyalty to country."
Schiff

Let's talk about how you've been disloyal @RepAdamSchiff . Let's talk about the Standard Hotel.
Let's talk about Ed Buck.
Let's talk about aiding and abetting a backdoor coup against a sitting POTUS.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes is up.
"Welcome everyone to the last gasp of the Russian collusion narrative."
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes Nunes going over the media's role in spreading the Steele Dossier and its product.

Talking about leaks, and Comey's memos.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes Mueller is just staring blankly at Nunes as he goes on about Ohr and the animus among the investigators within the FBI, DOJ, and foreign assets.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes Nunes: The dems "have argued that evidence of collusion is just around the corner. Like the Loch Ness Monster -- but no one can find it."
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes "Now that he's here, they're claiming the collusion has been in the report all along, hiding in plain sight. They're right."
Nunes -- tying the collusion to the Clinton campaign and Russia, not Trump/Russia.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes Each member will get 5 minutes. Starting with the chair and ranking member.

Schiff is up first.

(brace yourselves for the onslaught of lies)
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes Mueller and his aide being sworn in now...

Mueller can barely stand up without a struggle.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes Nunes clarifies it's unusual to have an aide present. The minority side will not be asking him any questions, they have concerns about his former representation of Clinton's aide.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes Schiff on the aide : "There's an angry man down the street who doesn't want you to testify"...
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes Mueller gives his opening statement...

He is doubling up his opening statement (because he's old and tired) and wants the statement he gave to the Judiciary to be included here.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes "We did not reach what you would call counterintelligence conclusions"
Mueller
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes "I'm not making any judgement on the guilt or innocence on any pending cases ... there are reasons why my testimony will be limited ... It would be inappropriate for me to comment in any way on ongoing matters..."
Mueller opening statement
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes "I am unable to address issues relating to the opening of the Russian investigation, or the so called Steele Dossier"

That's perfect... for the Intel Committee. 🙃
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes Mueller opening statement is done. @RepAdamSchiff starts off by recognizing himself first for five minutes.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes Starts off talking about "Russian outreach" to Trump campaign members. Asks if Mueller knows if Trump or his campaign reached out to the FBI. Mueller says he doesn't know.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes All this is about the "I love WikiLeaks" joke -- yet Schiff is acting as if it was serious.

Because he's not a serious person.

He's a hack.

Worse than a hack.

Fuck you, @RepAdamSchiff
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes Schiff keeps saying @realDonaldTrump said Russian interference was a hoax. He never said that. He said COLLUSION/CONSPIRACY charges were a hoax.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump Schiff wraps -- thinking he scored points.

He did not.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump Nunes begins now, asking about the FBI and when they started the investigation.

Brings up Carter Page's invitation to Cambridge and Mueller's failure to investigate it.

Mueller asks Nunes to repeat the question...
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump Nunes on to @GenFlynn and the false reports he had an affair with a Russian spy. Mueller did not interview anyone about it -- Mueller won't comment on any of this.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Nunes onto Downer now. Bringing up how he was a politician not an intelligence guy, with ties to Richard Dearlove (Brit intel)
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Nunes now bringing up Mifsud, and shows a picture of Mifsud with Boris Johnson to show he's a western asset not a Russian one.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Nunes bringing up the discrepancy in Mueller's charging documents for G-Pop interfering with the FBI's ability to bring in Mifsud even though Mifsud was in and out of DC and the FBI had opportunity to question him/detain him.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mr. Himes up now... thanks Mueller for his service (get ready to drink when someone says "no one is above the law")
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mueller just went back on his own testimony, he said Russia wanted to help Trump but also helped Clinton.

What?

DOTTERING
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Himes asks if the Russian social media campaign impacted the election
(it didn't)

Mueller won't engage this question.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mueller caught again not knowing what's in his own report as Himes tries to walk him through it.

#DOTTERINGMUELLER
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mueller isn't helping Himes at all. We're already off the rails in terms of what Schiff and his cohorts hoped would happen here in this hearing.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Himes done...

Mr. Conaway up now. "Did anyone ask you to exclude anything from your report you believed should be in there?"

Mueller: "Not that I can recall".

Mr. Conaway yields his time to Ratcliffe...
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Ratcliffe taking the reigns, asks Mueller what his jurisdiction would be to add charges or changing his report...

Mueller agrees he has none.

Ratcliffe goes back to Mueller's answers to Lieu in the last hearing, asks him to clarify his statement and correction.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mueller says it's not his intent to change the report or its findings.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Ratcliffe asks about the Steele Dossier -

Mueller: "When it comes to Mr. Steele, I defer to the DoJ"
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Ratcliffe is trying to pin Mueller down about how far his investigation went -- but Mueller won't talk Steele. At all.

This is about FISA abuse.

Mueller won't give.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Ms. Sewell up now -- starts right away with Golstone's email to Don Jr about the Trump Tower meeting.

This meeting will never hold up to scrutiny.

Yet they can't let it go. Why?

Because they think you're stupid.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mueller not giving Sewell what she wants either.

Another disaster for the dems.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Sewell wants to stick on the meeting. Saying the Trump team was upset the Russians didn't have dirt (proving the meeting was a nothing burger... yet she misses that point because she's not interested in truth, only partisanship)
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Sewell is getting nothing from Mueller here... and she knows it. So she's running now.

Time up.

Mr. Turner up now.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Turner wants to focus on one word: "exonerated".

"Does the AG have the power to exonerate anyone?"
(he does not)
"Would you agree with me the AG does not have the power to exonerate?"

Mueller: "I'll pass on that."

Turner: "Why?"

EXACTLY
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn This is now a beat down of a dottering old man. Turner is leaping off the top turnbuckle.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn "The statement on exoneration is meaningless and misleading"
Turner
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mr. Carson (D-IN) up now... Hard to follow Turner. Let's see what he goes with...

Carson goes right into Kilminik -- calling him a Russian tied person (nothing about the US State Department).
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Carson asking if it's a national security risk to share private polling data with a foreign adversary...

Mueller won't "speculate on those lines".

The real question is if it's a national security risk to share private polling date with a US STATE DEPARTMENT ASSET.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Carson isn't getting the help he expected from Mueller at the end here.

Shocking how that keeps happening. 🤣
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Wenstrup (R-OH) is up. Asks Mueller "is it accurate to say that no members of the Trump campaign were involved in the theft of (Clinton's) emails?"

Mueller hems and haws -- "I don't know".

WHAT?!
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Asking now about Mifsud -- Mueller tries to get his aide to answer but Wenstrup isn't having it.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn "Donald Trump is a Russian agent -- that is not reflected in your report, correct?"

Mueller: "Correct."
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Oh boy, Jackie Speier is up... and she leads off with a dozy!

"You are the greatest patriot in this room today."
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Jackie has been waiting all year for this...

and she sounds like she's asleep.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Jackie calls Russian interference an "invasion" of our country. Then doubles down on the "is it a hoax?" when that's not at all what @realDonaldTrump was talking about when he said hoax.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Jackie now asks Mueller to riff on what he hopes the American public to take from the report.

This is a guy who doesn't seem familiar with his report to begin with, now he's supposed to expound?!

Mueller passes ... and Jackie yields her time back to Schiff.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Schiff is trying to say "offering dirt" to Don Jr was the same as being paid by a Russian asset aka a CONSPIRACY.

This is the best he's got! 🤣🤣🤣
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mr. Stewart is up now (R-UT).

Asks right off the bat about the presumption of innocence in our country.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Stewart holds up a binder of 25 examples of leaks from the SCO designed to embarrass the president. "Every. Single. One."
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn "Are you aware of anyone on your team giving advanced knowledge of the raid on Roger Stone to CNN?"

Mueller: "I won't comment."
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn "I do believe we did a good job of (stopping leaks"
Mueller

"I have 25 examples here that show otherwise."
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mueller won't touch the leak question...
(because there is an active leak investigation ongoing)
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mr. Quigley is up.
"This too shall pass" he leads off with. Yes, it will. The entire SHAM of a hearing and coup will pass when people are put behind bars.

(Counting on you, Mr. Barr)
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Quigley is terrible. He's putting me to sleep.

Asking about WikiLeaks...
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Schiff lying again -- calling Wikileaks a foreign (intelligence) service.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mr. Crawford (R-AR) up now, last one before they break.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Crawford trying to pin Mueller down about the origin of the investigation -- Mueller won't touch it.

Crawford yields his time back to Nunes...
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Nunes explains to Mueller who Fusion GPS is... which is hilarious on many levels.

Nunes brings it back to NV who is mentioned 65 times in the report and was a client of Fusion GPS.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn "Do you know Glenn Simpson... how many times he met with NV?"

Mueller: "I don't"

Nunes: "Would it surprise you to learn the Clinton campaign met with her more than Trump's campaign?"

Mueller: "Won't comment."

Nunes: "Did you interview Glenn Simpson?"

Mueller won't answer.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Nunes brings up the 10k in cash G-Pop was given in Israel. Mueller won't answer or expound.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn 5-10 minute recess now...

Let the talking heads on cable news COMMENCE THEIR FREAKOUTS!
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn And #DotteringMueller is hobbling back to his chair...

about to start the last round. Swalwell will go first.

(High comedy sure to follow)
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Remember, folks, Swalwell is a licensed attorney. Who would want him to represent them in court based on this line of questioning?
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Swalwell getting no help from Mueller.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Swalwell thinks a president communicating with the president of Russia and NOT sitting for a perjury trap with the SCO is proof of something...

... remember, this is a man who thought he could be president, so logic and sound thinking isn't his strongest suit.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Ms. Stefanik up now...

She asks if he's read the Steele dossier and Mueller won't even answer that.

Seems silly.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mueller can't answer a simple question about documents he saw...
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn She yields back to Nunes for the rest of her 5 minutes. He goes right back to Mifsud.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Nunes asking about the State Department's vetting of Steele -- Mueller won't answer.

Now turns back to the FISA on Page, asking if Mueller was involved in the third renewal of it.

Mueller says he was NOT in the approval chain for the warrant.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Castro up now. Sporting a beard meant to hide his weak chin.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mueller pauses to read his (Weissman's) report... Castro wants to talk about Trump Tower Moscow deal and Michael Cohen's role.

Because this hasn't been covered (and debunked) already. 🙄
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn The Castro men are weak. That is all.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mr. Hurd (R-TX) up now...

Asking about press stories to kick it off. McClatchy's report on Cohen in Prague first up in the chamber.

Mueller can't comment on it. (What's he here for again?)
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Hurd pivots to how to prevent this from happening again (meaning Russian interference)...
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn "Who do you think should be responsible in the federal government for stopping interference?"

Mueller: "I don't want to wade into those waters."
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mr. Heck (D-WA) up next, one of the better names on the committee...

Leads off by laying groundwork that Trump only did this all for money. He committed TREASON for money. That's the argument being made without being said.

And they think people will fall for it.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mueller is not helping HECK at all, Heck keeps shaking his head each time Mueller can't recall what was in the report.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mueller won't give Heck what he wants, so Heck just takes over screaming "Greed corrupts!" and yields back.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Ratcliffe is back in the box...
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Ratcliffe says Mueller won't be able to answer his remaining questions, so he thanks Mueller and yields his time back to Nunes.

(Personally would rather have Ratcliffe continue than Nunes who isn't a lawyer and it's showing)
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Not a knock on Nunes, I like the guy. But he's not an attorney and it's showing today.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Nunes: "Did your report name any people who were acting as US gov't or sources without naming them as such?"

Mueller: "I can't answer that."
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mr. Welch up now.
"Did you find there was no collusion?"
Mueller: "We don't use the word collusion, we use the word... (stammers and can't remember) in any event we decided not to use the word collusion because it has no relevance."

"The term is conspiracy"

"That's right"
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn He couldn't remember the WORD CONSPIRACY.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Missed a round of questioning, had to take a call. Back now...
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Demings up now for her second round of questioning (she got a go at it this morning).

Mueller had to check with his aid if POTUS was under oath when he submitted his answers.

HAD. TO. CHECK.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Demings wants to dig in on @realDonaldTrump answers re Trump Tower Moscow...

But Mueller can't follow along fast enough for her liking.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mueller cannot follow along with Demings -- so she has to go on to new questions...

This is hilarious.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Demings pushing a proven lie that Trump knew Wikileaks had the Clinton emails before the public did.

This is false, and has been proven so multiple times.

But Demings isn't interested in the truth. Just the agenda which is GET TRUMP!
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Mr. Krishnamoorthi up now (D-IL)
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Krishnamoorthi wants to talk about @realDonaldTrump and what's NOT included in Mueller's report. He tries to get in a dig on Trump's taxes, that Mueller didn't review them but Mueller won't go there...
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn "Were you instructed not to investigate the President's personal finances?"

Mueller "NO"

(there goes another dem talking point)
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Tried to talk about Flynn being compromised and open to blackmail due to "lying" to the FBI.

Mueller won't address it because it's being looked at presently by the FBI and others.

Krishnamoorthi smiled thinking this helps his cause. It does not.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Krishnamoorthi, desperately trying to save the day for dems, asks Mueller if he wants to add anything to what he's said today...

Mueller won't add anything.

(Sad trombone sound)
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Nunes up now to close for the GOP. Then Schiff will close out the hearing. Five minutes each.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Nunes is short and sweet -- thanks Mueller for his service and time and doesn't ask anything further... because why bother? Mueller's not going to answer anything anyway.

Schiff up now to close out.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn @RepAdamSchiff You failed today. Hard.

And payback is going to be fun to watch.

Get ready for your bracelets, sir. You've earned them.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Who can take Schiff seriously with those Doll Eyes. He looks like a scared toddler -- even when he's trying to be serious.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn Now @RepAdamSchiff is talking about acting ethically... something he's yet to do once during this ordeal.

When will you act ethically, sir? The country waits for this glorious day...
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn @RepAdamSchiff going on about Flynn.

The general is out of your league, sir.

Go fuck yourself.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn @RepAdamSchiff trying SO hard to look serious and contemplative -- while lying through his teeth.

He promised Trump was a TRAITOR and that he had evidence to PROVE IT.

None came out today. Zero.

And he has the gall to talk about ethics??
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn "The difficulty is we are all left to wonder if the president is representing us or his financial interests."

That's how @RepAdamSchiff closed out his statement.

A man who has nothing to offer but the hope that no one notices he's full of Schiff.
@RepAdamSchiff @DevinNunes @realDonaldTrump @GenFlynn The hearing is over.

Both were disasters for the dems and the Trump/Russia narrative.

The GOP missed many opportunities but did slightly better.

Watch the spin. It'll be epic.

/END
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