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Ex-White House Counsel: Trump ‘Screamed Like A Third-Grade Girl’ When Mueller Was Appointed

Perhaps you’ve wondered from time to time how failed, one-term former President Donald Trump handles pressure. He loves to brag that he’s a great deal maker (he isn’t) and that he’s a shrewd businessman (he never has been and never will be), and he also likes to put on a tough facade to suggest that he can handle any situation, no matter how daunting or terrifying.

However, as with everything involving Donald Trump, the truth is dramatically different than the “image” he’s created around himself over the decades.

For example, we know that Trump often had childish meltdowns in private and in public, berating White House staffers and all but bursting into tears when the chips were down. He also behaved like a spoiled toddler when he faced President Joe Biden in a debate.

So it should come as no surprise to learn that the ex-president reacted like a whiny little girl when he was informed that former FBI Director Robert Mueller had been appointed as special counsel for the Russia investigation.

According to transcripts of testimony former White House Counsel Don McGahn before the House Judiciary Committee, Trump did not take news of Mueller’s appointment like a man:

We also know that Trump made other remarks when news of a special counsel being appointed reached the Oval Office:

“The President sunk back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.”

For all of his braggadocio and claims of being the ultimate macho guy, Donald Trump is nothing but a wimp. He’s a gutless, overgrown baby who belongs behind bars.

 

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Republicans Fear Lindsey Graham’s ‘Hail Mary’ Plan To Get Trump Reelected Will Doom Them Both

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) thinks he may have a brilliant way of helping Donald Trump get reelected, but most members of the GOP don’t share his enthusiasm for the harebrained plan he’s cooked up to help save the bacon of the incumbent president.


Egged on by Trump, Graham has decided that he’s going to call former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee (which Graham serves as chairman of) sometime in September or October, with the hopes of laying out some elaborate “deep state” conspiracy to spy on and short-circuit the 2016 Trump campaign for the White House, which Trump just so happened to win with help from Russian troll farms and online bots conveniently located in Moscow.

According to The Daily Beast, Graham insists he had long been hesitant to call Mueller:

“I was reluctant to call him, because it was hard to watch [him testify] in the House. I just think, if he decided to comment on the (Roger) Stone case… OK, let’s hear what you’ve got to say.”

But as Sir Isaac Newton told us centuries ago, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and it’s that very possibility that could come back to bite Graham and his buddy in the Oval Office right on their asses.


Even fellow conservatives who support Trump are scratching their heads and wondering if perhaps Graham has thought through the possibilities of an open hearing with Mueller blowing up in the faces of Republicans.

Take John Dowd for one. Dowd was the lead attorney for the president during part of the Russia investigation, and he cannot for the life of him understand what Graham stands to gain from such an exercise:

“I read in the paper that the Democrats want to hear from Mueller [again, too]. I thought Graham was a Republican! I don’t understand what the guy’s doing! So what if the Democrats want [Mueller]. He’s the Republican chairman of the judiciary committee. [Why do it just] because the Democrats want it?”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson also thinks more hearings on Russiagate are pointless:

“Who cares how many Benghazi hearings we have? We are supposed to care, but why should we? How did Peter Strzok’s text messages become more important than saving American jobs from foreign nationals who are taking them? It is lunacy! We fall for it every time.”


And then there are political observers who say Graham should focus on his own backyard — the Senate race he’s running against hard-charging Democrat Jaime Harrison — and stop trying to get cheap headlines.

But as of now, Graham is moving ahead with the tacit approval of the White House, which is looking for something — anything! — that can stop the bleeding they see in the polls when Trump is pitted against Joe Biden.

By the time the smoke clears later this year, Graham may wish he had never heard the name Robert Mueller.

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Previously Hidden Portions Of The Mueller Report Suggest Trump Committed Perjury

Previously redacted portions of the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Attorney General William Barr had hoped to keep hidden until after the November election have been released as the result of a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit, and they show that President Donald Trump likely lied under oath in the written responses he gave to questions from Mueller.


CNN and The Hill both report that the sections involve Trump’s responses to questions about WikiLeaks and longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, and Mueller himself suggested that the president had misled investigators:

“According to the report, Trump had said he did not remember talking with Stone about WikiLeaks. But Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, had separately recounted to Mueller that he ‘recalled a conversation in which Roger Stone told Trump that WikiLeaks planned to release information soon [and] Trump had asked him [Cohen] to stay in touch with Stone about WikiLeaks.'”


While the Special Counsel noted in his final report that Trump simply could have forgotten about contacts he had with Stone regarding WikiLeaks and the release of information that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton, he could also have tried to hide his knowledge because he knew it gave the appearance that he was part of the larger conspiracy:

“The President’s conduct could also be viewed as reflecting his awareness that Stone could provide evidence that would run counter to the President’s denials and would link the President to Stone’s efforts to reach out to WikiLeaks.”


Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the newly unredacted portions of Mueller’s report make it clear that Barr and the White House wanted the revelations to remain hidden because they do incriminate the president and attorney general:

Why didn’t Mueller charge Trump with perjury? Because he was prohibited from doing so by a Department of Justice memo which states a sitting president cannot be indicted or charged with a crime. But the second Trump is out of office, any U.S. Attorney or a new attorney general can bring that and other charges against Trump. So while the president may have managed to avoid criminal charges so far, all he’s really done is kick the can down the road.

As many have suspected, Barr and Trump knew that if the full report from Special Counsel Mueller was made public, it would probably have destroyed Trump and led to more articles of impeachment being drawn up against him.

But the law isn’t finished with Donald Trump or William Barr. And karma will eventually come back visit them both.

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Trump And Barr’s Favorite Conspiracy Theory Just Went Down In Flames

When the Russia investigation began and former Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed, Donald Trump repeatedly called the probe a “witch hunt” and suggested that U.S. intelligence sought to frame him because they were upset he won the 2016 election.


In other words, Trump has relied on a conspiracy theory that has no grounding in reality and is utterly devoid of facts, as Aaron Blake of the Washington Post notes:

“A theory espoused by Trump and other Republicans that the Russia investigation was some kind of setup — in Trump’s words, a ‘coup’ — by U.S. intelligence to take Trump down.”

Trump was so eager (and desperate) to discredit the Mueller investigation and subsequent report that he had his handpicked attorney general, William Barr, appoint two men to take a closer look at the minutiae of the how the Russia probe began and hopefully prove that the conspiracy theory was supported by evidence.


As recently as June, Trump was tweeting that the two men would find all kinds of dirt which would prove his thesis that he was spied on during the 2016 presidential race:

But both investigations have uncovered nothing that suggests anything wrong or the least bit improper was done, which means the Trump-Barr lie about the whole thing being a setup is now utterly destroyed:

“The prosecutor handpicked by Attorney General William P. Barr to scrutinize how U.S. agencies investigated President Trump’s 2016 campaign said he could not offer evidence to the Justice Department’s inspector general to support the suspicions of some conservatives that the case was a setup by American intelligence, people familiar with the matter said.

“Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s office contacted U.S. Attorney John Durham, the prosecutor Barr personally tapped to lead a separate review of the 2016 probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, the people said. The inspector general also contacted several U.S. intelligence agencies.”

So where does that leave the White House, Trump, and the attorney general? Pretty much up the proverbial shit creek without a paddle, because their carefully crafted narrative has now come crashing down to earth.


What remains if Barr and Trump want to try and save face? Well, Barr can still do the same thing he did with the Mueller Report: Write his own summary of the work done by Horowitz and Durham and refuse to release the full reports. But that carries a nasty political risk that could wind up biting Trump squarely on his fat ass right as he’s seeking reelection.

As we’ve learned from history on numerous occasions, the truth does eventually come out, and lies are debunked. Now we just have to hope all of Trump and Barr’s lies will also lead to their shared downfall.

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Robert Mueller May Still Manage To Sink Trump – Here’s How

When he testifies tomorrow before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, it’s expected that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will hew closely to the report he filed back in April, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t significant dangers to President Donald Trump when Mueller begins answering questions from the two committees.

Though he didn’t seek an indictment against the president (because Department of Justice policy said he couldn’t), Mueller did indeed find plenty of evidence that suggests Trump was in constant contact with Russia via surrogates during the 2016 election and also sought to obstruct justice as Mueller was involved in developing his case over the course of his investigation.


Make no mistake, Mueller can still do severe damage to the president, as Greg Sargent notes in The Washington Post:

“In this scenario, Mueller would state clearly that Trump and his advisers eagerly expected to gain from a massive foreign attack on our political system designed to elect Trump. That Trump World repeatedly sought to coordinate with those efforts, in the full knowledge of who was behind them. That Trump secretly pursued a lucrative real estate deal with Kremlin involvement while voters picked the GOP nominee. That Trump and his advisers repeatedly lied to cover all of this up.”

That alone would blow Trump’s constant claims of “no collusion” right out of the water. Collusion is not even a crime, so how could there have been any? As you’d expect, Trump is silent on that because it doesn’t bolster his bogus assertions.


And then we come to obstruction of justice, where the most damning evidence lies. Again, Sargent spells out how that alone could prove to be a big problem for the president:

“On obstruction, Mueller would also state clearly that Trump ordered his White House counsel to fire Mueller, then pushed him to actively cover that up. That Trump tried to get his former campaign chair to not cooperate with the investigation. That Trump ordered a top campaign official to tell his then-attorney general to severely restrict the probe. That Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty and urged him to go easy on his national security adviser, before firing Comey after that loyalty wasn’t forthcoming.”

Those two points — reaching out to Russia and obstructing the investigation — are more than enough to begin the impeachment of Donald Trump.


A few carefully worded questions about Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice could be enough to move the polls on support for an impeachment inquiry:

“Mueller did establish multiple acts of obstruction that were undertaken with corrupt intent.

“If Democrats can get Mueller to repeat this basic fact set, that itself could be powerful.”

Obstruction and corruption. That’s where the case against Trump is strongest. After Mueller is finished testifying tomorrow, don’t be the least bit surprised if there are immediate calls for impeachment from dozens of members of Congress. The evidence will be in plain sight. All that will remain is taking a vote in the House to start with impeachment.

And Trump will lose that vote.