Republicans are fine with Mueller testifying because they are planning to use the hearing to attack and smear the former special counsel.
House Republicans Plan To Protect Trump By Attacking Mueller
Mueller’s intensely anticipated July 17 testimony will bring him face to face with the Republican lawmakers who have savaged his reputation and called him the ringleader of a “coup” against Trump. While Democrats attempt to squeeze morsels of new information out of the notoriously tight-lipped investigator, these Trump defenders are signaling that they’ll use the historic moment to try to undercut his credibility and paint him as a political pawn in Democrats’ efforts to undermine the president.
“He’s done some irreparable damage to some things and he’s got to answer for them,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert, one of 25 Republicans on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees who get to grill Mueller during the back-to-back hearings. The Texas congressman added that his reading of the special counsel’s report did little to temper his long history of animosity for the former FBI director: “It reinforced the anal opening that I believe Mueller to be.”
Democrats will try to get information, while Republicans attempt to muddy the waters
House Democrats are going to attempt to put the spotlight on Robert Mueller’s findings. House Republicans will be trying to destroy Mueller’s credibility and the credibility of his investigation. Republicans will spend their time talking about the Steele Dossier, FBI agents, and every other pro-Trump conspiracy theory that has been floated. Viewers should expect House Republicans to talk about anything other than what is in the Mueller report.
House Republicans are playing a dangerous game by attacking the popular Robert Mueller to protect the very unpopular Trump. There is likely to be very little new information coming out of Mueller’s testimony, but it will force America to pay attention to the report written by the special counsel that has largely been unread.
The American people won’t read Mueller’s report, so it is up to the former special counsel to explain it to them, while Republicans try to destroy his reputation and credibility.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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