Mueller Subpoena Reeks of Political Theater
And Democrats may regret their attempt to replay the worn-out collusion hand.
Robert Mueller, who spearheaded the special-counsel investigation of Donald Trump and his fictitious collusion with Russia, was inevitably subpoenaed yesterday by Democrat lawmakers. Mueller will publicly converse with the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on July 17, during which time Democrats will engage in an all-out effort to leverage the situation to their advantage. It may very well be their final opportunity to orchestrate more make-believe collusion fodder — straight from the horse’s mouth, no less — before the 2020 election.
But Democrats may be remiss if they think Mueller’s testimony will implicate Trump. According to The Washington Post, “Even Mueller repeating aspects of his report in a public setting could be politically damaging for Trump — exposing the findings to sections of the country that may not be aware of them, and creating a televised spectacle.” It will be a spectacle alright — but perhaps not in the way Democrats think.
Sen. Lindsey Graham hypothetically asks, “Bottom line is, after all of your looking and all the time you had and all the money you spent, did Trump collude with the Russians? ‘No.’ Do you stand by your report? ‘Yes.’” He added, “It is ‘case-closed’ for me. [Democrats] can do anything they want to in the House, and I think it will blow up in their face. … The conclusions can’t change. There is no collusion. That’s what the whole thing was about to begin with.” Moreover, Graham added, “There’s nobody on Earth who could bring an obstruction case based on these facts.”
Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz echoes these sentiments. He stated, “[Mueller] can’t refuse to answer questions about the FISA application [for surveilling Trump’s campaign]. Those are the kind of questions that I think Republicans will be very well prepared to ask. Those are the kind of questions which are currently under investigation by the inspector general whose report we are waiting for. But those are not in any way precluded. So I think that [Democrats] will regret having called him.”
Time will tell. But if the Democrats’ history of overplaying their witch-hunt cards is any indication, Graham and Dershowitz are probably right. Or as Rep. Mark Meadows sums it up: “Mr. Mueller better be prepared. I mean, there’s a lot more questions that Republicans have than Democrats. This is the Democrats trying to resurrect a Russia collusion narrative that the American people are tired of. And yet, Mr. Mueller has not been subject to cross examination. He will be now.”