Early impressions of Mueller testimony are disastrous for democrats


Today was going to be their day, thought the democrats, as they painstakingly scoured their closets for the suit-and-tie combo that they prefer the cameras to capture.

They would have Robert Mueller on the witness stand to impale the President with facts, logic, and foolproof evidence that obstruction occurred.  Many of them likely had a spring in their step as they sauntered through Capitol Hill, having spent the last few weeks coordinating their inquiries in order to finally get President Trump.

As Mueller began his testimony, however, an air of democratic desperation began to hang heavy over the chamber.

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“Mueller having a hard time following the questions on first pass. Asking members to often repeat their questions,” CNN’s Manu Raju noted. “In his defense, the questions can be long and meandering, though it comes across as if he’s uncertain.”

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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler called for a break in the testimony at about two hours after the hearing began, prompting analysts to weigh in on his performance.

CNN’s chief legal analyst Jeffery Toobin noted on the network Mueller was responding in a “very limited” way describing it as “phlegmatic.”

Author Garrett Graff, who wrote a book about Mueller, noted he was “a little bit shakier” and perhaps working on “shaking off the rust” since leaving the FBI. Both analysts questioned whether Mueller’s appearance was part of a “strategy.”

Mueller’s meandering missives, partnered with his legal inability to answer many of the more pertinent questions asked of him, has severely affected the trajectory that the democrats believed that they were on with this political hit job.

 

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