Robert Mueller finally finished. His investigation ended with a whimper, shocking everyone who believed Mueller was the one man capable of driving a stake through Donald Trump’s black, shriveled heart.
When Mueller failed to deliver recommendations to charge Trump, it seems he, and other misguided souls on Capitol Hill, worship like the 11th Commandment some worthless memo written in the Justice Department during Nixon, which says you can’t indict a sitting president. Rather, the president should face no impediments in continuing to commit crimes in office.
However, Mueller did uncover enough damning evidence to show anybody unlobotomized that if Trump were anybody else, he’d be in prison for obstruction of justice to conceal his obligations to Russia. We don’t know what those are because Trump’s latest flying monkey attorney general, William Barr, redacted the worst parts.
I don’t know what motivates Barr, except perhaps in his dotage he’s become obsessed with turning the U.S. into a Third World dictatorship.
Barr’s been dissing Congress since they let him to slither back in as AG, the same job he held under H.W. Bush I.
Even though Barr has wantonly obstructed and lied to keep Mueller’s facts hidden, Congress wants Barr to testify again, knowing full well Barr’s not going to turn on Trump now that he’s in this deep.
Barr’s balking and trying to set the terms under which he’ll testify.
I say, enough’s enough. Let the punishments begin.
Congress needs to rip the page from Trump’s playbook that Sarah Huckabee Sanders loves to quote, which says…
“When you get hit, you hit back 10 times harder.”
For starters Congress must stop extending deadlines. Tick-tock. Don’t let Trump run out the clock — and run.
If any witness tells the media or tweets that they don’t intend to cooperate, subpoena them THE SAME DAY.
If they say they intend to defy the subpoena, cite them in contempt of Congress THE SAME DAY.
Give them a week to rethink and come around, then get an arrest warrant.
Meanwhile, Trump’s tweets are off the crazy scale. He’s issuing decrees to defy subpoenas and filing lawsuits against Deutsche Bank and Capital One Financial to keep his finances hidden.
His behavior on all fronts is an admission of guilt.
Carl Kline is a former White House stooge who, apparently on Trump’s orders, ignored huge red flags on Jared Kushner and many others to grant top security clearances. He tried to flout his subpoena, but now will testify May 1 accompanied by a White House lawyer. House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings says Kline may still face contempt charges if he doesn’t answer all questions.
It’s a good ground rule for every witness, including AG Barr. Come clean or be held in contempt and face jail time.
When Trump sees his closest henchmen dwindling because they’re in jail, maybe his pea brain will absorb that Congress isn’t bluffing.
If Trump doubles down on obstruction — which he’s now committing daily and openly — it’s time for impeachment. The Mueller report contains more than ample evidence for grounds.
Congress must hold open hearings where every Trump associate in Mueller’s report testifies before the American people what they know about their own crimes and Trump’s.
Why is this important? So we don’t repeat the Nixon mistake. He got into a second term before we knew he was a crook.
If Congress makes it too hot for Trump, he could resign, like Nixon did. Or he could announce he’s not running in 2020.
In an ideal world, the GOP would attempt redemption by abandoning the Trump/Pence ticket at the convention. Nominating Trump challenger William Weld would instantly restore some sanity to campaign season.
But I realize all that’s unlikely to happen and Trump will run again. So, before we vote in 2020, Americans and the world need to know, without reservations, that Trump is an unindicted multiple felon and he must face the consequences — not be granted sanctuary from prosecution in the Oval Office.