Trump loves walls, so now he is trying to build another one sealing off his office from Congress. He has told his people to ignore subpoenas from the committees in the House that are trying to fulfill their constitutional role of oversight, a role the previous Republican controlled House thought was optional.
Of course the Trumpeters are arguing that this is old news made ancient by the completion of the Mueller report, but there is a problem there: The Mueller report does not come up with the clear cut conclusions the Trumpsters assert. It is more complicated than that, requiring Mueller to clarify a number of things to Congress.
My first question would be: Did you believe that you could not actually indict Trump because of a Justice Department policy against indicting a sitting president? If Mueller did feel constrained it sheds much light on why no obstruction of justice charges were filed. Not because Trump was innocent, but because Mueller believed department policy prohibited indictments of the president.
I do not know if Mueller is willing, but I certainly hope he is. Otherwise the summation of the report made by Trump’s disappointing pick for AG, Robert Barr, may be allowed to stand in many a voter’s mind. “No Collusion.” “No Obstruction.”
The report is much more nuanced than that, but those nuances must be fought for in order to survive in a Trumptopia where nuances are ignored or blurred or lied about and in the process critical thinking deformed. Despite all that he lacks, Trump has proved himself a genius at sloganeering and other tricks to fabricate a false world of “alternative facts.” He has already gotten the jump on the latest Dem presidential candidate, Joe Biden, labeling him “sleepy Joe,” a guy who lacks the smarts to be president.
The Dems should hold a contest for just the right label to nail Trumpty Dumpty with. “Deranged Donald” isn’t bad, borrowed from tweets of conservative George Conway, once a backer of Trump and now one of his harshest critics and, YES!, also the husband of Trump’s Queen of Spin, Kelly Anne. The perfect couple for a Loony Tune Land (see bottom).
Anyway, I’ve Googled around looking for an indication that 1) Mueller and/or former White House counsel Don McGahn are willing to testify before the House and 2) whether Trump can prevent them from doing so. I can’t find anything clear cut about that. However, since neither work for the president anymore and he has already allowed McGahn to testify fully to Mueller (without claiming executive privilege), I’m thinking both will eventually testify to Congress.
Or should I say I hope to high heavens that is the case. Ah, but yesterday I heard that Trump helped make McGahn’s testimony more likely, as the Trumpster has accused McGahn of lying to Mueller………..which would be a crime, so I would think McGahn would want to testify again under oath refuting Trump’s claims to the public at large.
Thanks for your help on this Mr. president.
P. S. – By now I would think most if not all of you are aware of how the Trump presidency has placed a lot of stress on the family life of George and Kellyanne Conway. Both were Trump supporters at the beginning of his presidency, but while Kellyanne defends Trump’s actions daily, George has turned completely against the president, skewering him often on Twitter, even calling for his impeachment. Want to know more? Check out this piece from the BBC.