The Assault On Mueller

Carl Sandburg: “If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.”

Or, if you’re a right wing media provocateur seeing your president collapsing, attack the prosecutor. While it is possible Trump’s media supporters are preparing the ground for covering him if he fires Mueller my hunch is they’re arming up for an impeachment war they fear coming.

  • Newt Gingrich on FOX last week: “Robert Mueller is corrupt. The senior FBI is corrupt. The system is corrupt.” [On May 17, 2017, Gingrich tweeted: “Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down.”]
  • Laura Ingraham: “What we’re seeing here is a pattern and practice of Mueller hiring known Clinton and Obama political insiders and boosters, supporters, to undo a presidential election.”
  • Sean Hannity: “Mueller is frankly a disgrace to the American justice system and has put the country now on the brink of becoming a banana republic.”
  • FOX host Greg Jarrett: “The Mueller investigation is illegitimate and corrupt. And Mueller has been using the FBI as a political weapon. And the FBI has become America’s secret police. … It’s like the old KGB.”
  • Steve Doocy, FOX News anchor: “The people who are handling all of these sensitive investigations look like they’ve had their thumb on the scale of justice, tipping it toward Hillary and away from Donald Trump.”
  • FOX Anchor Jeanine Pirro: “The stench coming out of the Justice Department and the FBI is like that of a third world country. It’s time to take them out in cuffs.”
  • FOX commentator Michelle Malkin: “There has to be a root and branch removal of this cesspool of crap weasels that have infested the highest echelons of all of our law enforcement agencies.”
  • More Hannity: “Robert Mueller’s partisan, extremely biased, hyper-partisan attack team – these Trump-hating investigators need to be shut down and shut down immediately.”

Carl Bernstein about FOX (on CNN): “They’re abetting a cover up.”

Better Late Than Never — Than Never Ever

Democrats hedged and stumbled but finally made it to the high ground regarding John Conyers and Al Franken. Republicans hedged and stumbled but finally made it to the low ground regarding Roy Moore.

Query: Did Democrats make a dumb move?

My take: No.

Zero tolerance of sexual misconduct is the right thing, but there’s also a pragmatic reason. The recently surprising race for governor of Virginia showed that suburban voters, especially women, in reddish counties are open to electing a Democrat. My guess is that across the country in 2018 a GOP party best known for Moore and Donald Trump will drive those swing voters, who are increasingly repulsed by the Republican brand, to the party on the high ground.

What’s your take?

Where Are The Russia Sanctions?

Here’s a task for our intrepid Trail Mix Internet researchers: See if you can figure out what is actually happening with the Russia sanctions Congress overwhelmingly passed, reluctantly signed by Trump weeks ago, for which a deadline passed a month or so ago.

I haven’t been able to find anything worth linking that clarifies what the Trump Administration is doing about this. Some stuff about studying this or that, imposing this or that, but good luck figuring out what is really happening.

A full and faithful execution of all these sanctions is just not happening. It seems like every pronouncement comes with a hidden caveat.

You’d think there’d be more outrage from Capitol Hill lawmakers, even from Republicans, who championed these sanctions as we see what appears to be nothing more than lip service from the White House.

Of course, the issue here is whether Trump is rewarding Putin for throwing the election. Hey, why else would you obstruct justice to thwart investigations. This is what collusion is all about.