The Mueller saga descended even deeper into farce on Wednesday, July 24th, when the former special counsel dealt another blow to Democrat impeachment hopes. In the first session of his testimony, Mueller slipped up under questioning and apparently handed a live grenade to the president’s enemies. However, when he returned for the second session he made a point of correcting himself — and reaffirming that there’s no evidence President Trump committed any crime.
Early in Mueller’s testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, he was asked by Ted Lieu (D-CA) if the reason he hadn’t pushed for an indictment against President Trump for obstruction of justice or any other crime was an opinion by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC).
- The OLC opinion says that it’s impossible to indict a sitting president — holding the office makes them, effectively, above the law as long as they remain POTUS. The way it came out in the first hearing sounded like the only reason Trump wasn’t being indicted was this opinion.
- When Mueller first appeared before the committee Lieu asked him, “The reason again that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of [Office of Legal Counsel] opinion stating that you cannot indict a sitting president, correct?”
- Mueller replied, “That is correct.” However it’s worth pointing out that Mueller seemed slightly confused during this hearing — he couldn’t even remember which president had appointed him as a US Attorney. When asked, he named President Bush — in fact, it was President Reagan. This is a pretty clear indicator that Mueller’s grasp of detail isn’t all it could be right now.
- Anyway, at least he seems to have realized that he’d given an incorrect answer. When he returned for the second session he opened by saying, “Now before we go to questions, I want to add one correction to my testimony this morning.”
- Mueller went on to confirm that the OLC opinion was not the reason his investigation didn’t recommend indicting Trump. He repeated the words of the report — “We did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime.”
- This is a pretty biased way of putting it, to be honest. In the US justice system, anyone — including the president — is innocent until proven guilty. President Trump wasn’t indicted because there was no reason to indict him, and it’s about time the Left accepted that and ended their obsessive quest to have him impeached.
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