Mueller Speaks...Limbaugh Goes
(Just in time for Father's Day!) After seeing the same stock images of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller on cable news for the past 2-yrs it was refreshing to actually see & hear the man speaking live even if it was just 8-minutes ... "no questions" at the end of his prepared remarks was slightly disappointing. Even though everything the Special Prosecutor said verbally came direct from the report he and his staff had written - and had been made public in mid-April. If you missed Mueller's hello/goodbye address ... fear not ... the video folks at YouTube have multiple copies on-the-ready for your viewing pleasure. The press had some advance notice that Mr. Mueller was going to break his silence: "tune-in at 11" the talking heads said, indicating the pending appearance would be brief ... 7-minutes, they said. And, true to his word, a few ticks of the clock past 11 a.m. and out walked the former FBI Director.
The ensuing media attention over days that followed have been both appropriate and disappointing. Some news venues like FOX acted as if some new ground had been covered: "This was not—as the president says time and time again -- 'no collusion, no obstruction.’ It was much more nuanced than that,” said FOX NEWS 'Special Report' anchor Bret Baier. FOX had repeated Attorney General Wm. Barr's conflated summary a few hundred times daily for 6-weeks or more, exonerating Trump. Like I said: appropriate & disappointing to hear FOX and other media outlets repeat from the report that Mueller was legally barred from charging President Trump with a crime, as if that was "news". It wasn't news to those of us who are better informed.
FOX also emphasized for the first time that the probe did not exonerate Trump. Mueller noted that if he could have cleared the president of any obstruction of justice claim, he “would have said so.” As some members of the media like FOX's Baier were finally acknowledging that "Mueller contradicted the remarks of Attorney General William Barr." Or rather, that Barr had misquoted the report & Mueller. Gee. No kidding. Trouble is, the lazy conservative right-wing American voters had latched-onto the 'no collusion, no obstruction' narrative. Damage done.
But with Mueller's live remarks now reverberating across the nation rabid Trump boosters like Rush Limbaugh were scrambling; Rush had less than 45-minutes to finish his "show prep" and when his broadcast went "live" el-RushBo struggled to mask his angry tone a sounded quite agitated & nearly unhinged as he tried to shove the "Genie" back in the bottle. The "Genie" being his previous rants & retorts on this subject - because the problem is, until today, Rush had made up all sorts of silly stuff that he imagined Mueller would say, as Rush often does. Limbaugh was not prepared when Mueller actually refuted what Attorney General Barr said about DOJ policy not having any bearing on the case. "Robert Mueller made it clear as a bell today that he wants to nail Donald Trump," Limbaugh ranted, "and he wants Donald Trump out of office, he just doesn’t have the evidence. And so he’s asked Congress to take over the job. But he kept talking about how guidelines, regulations in the DOJ prevent the indicting of a sitting president." Those who doubt these quotes attributed to Limbaugh are welcome to read the for yourself transcript and/or listen to his opening segment recorded by the golden EIB microphone [source].
Rush obviously is among the majority of American voters who have not bothered to read the report. "They can’t do it," Limbaugh inaccurately opines. "So what was the purpose of this? Why do this investigation at all if from the very beginning you could not nail the president?" Well, Rush, besides not reading the report you obviously were not listening, either. The DOJ policy clearly states that you & Trump's personal "Roy Cohn" (Barr) are wrong and Mueller is right. "The dossier is all they ever had. There is no evidence," Rush continued - further exposing how naive & flawed his reasoning is. The opposition research "Steele Dossier" was not the basis or "oranges" of the case as Trump claims. "You interviewed 500 witnesses," Limbaugh continues his rant. "You had over a million documents. You put people in jail. You sweated people. You destroyed their lives. You wiped them out financially. And you still don’t have any evidence! And yet you do an eight-minute little press conference today with no questions where you imply the president did it?" Well, first, Rush, the only people in jail are those who pled guilty or were found to be guilty of crimes.
Limbaugh continued: "The report speaks for itself. Meaning: 'I don’t have any evidence of collusion. I don’t have any evidence of obstruction. I don’t have any evidence of anything.' But that’s not what he said. He said, “I don’t have enough evidence to tell you he didn’t do it.”" Actually, no, Rush. Mueller said, "the opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing." [source/read the transcript of Mueller's remarks]
Deep state/administrative state, silent coup ... some of Rush's favorite claims. "There was no collusion." You're right Rush and as Mueller explained in the report there is no legal distinction for 'collusion' - the investigation sought to find evidence of conspiracy - which they documented to be true but Mueller explained none of what was found rose to the level of a crime that could be prosecuted. Maybe now a few more voters will bother to stay informed.
originally posted 06.01.19