The way the Democrats and Vichy Republicans are trying to change the conversation on the Mueller report would be hilarious were it not so monstrous. After an investigation that required 675 days to complete; had 34 people indicted on various charges that ranged from theater to conduct unrelated to the purpose of the investigation to outright chickensh**; used the services of 19 very expensive Democrat lawyers; took 40 FBI agents and support personnel away from productive activity; issued over 2,000 subpoenas; carried out nearly 500 search warrants; issued demands for the communications records of over 230 persons; interviewed over 500 persons; and subjected at least 50 Americans to electronic surveillance produced jack sh** in the way of any cooperation between anyone on the Trump campaign and Russian officials, the left has now shifted its focus to “obstruction.” Apparently, by slight of hand, obstruction has now been defined down to being angry that you are the subject of a vindictive partisan vendetta that uses the FBI and a special counsel as its weapons.
This morning, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was on Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan. Graham is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and he will control what actions the Senate takes in reaction to what seems like the House’s inexorable march towards impeachment. Naturally Brennan wanted to talk obstruction. It didn’t go well.
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Well, he gave a four-page summary. Does the report support his summary? Does the report actually indicate there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians? I think the idea that this President obstructed justice is absurd. He turned over a million documents to the special counsel. Almost everybody around him testified. I can’t think of one thing that President Trump did to stop Mueller from doing his job. He never claimed executive privilege. From my point of view I’ve heard all I need to really know. Now I want to look at it and find out how all this happened.
MARGARET BRENNAN: But on that point of attempting to obstruct justice or not–
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Mm-Hm.
MARGARET BRENNAN: the President seems to want to continue to litigate this because he came out this week and said–
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Yeah, yeah.
MARGARET BRENNAN: –and denied that he had ever thought or told anyone–
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Yeah, right.
MARGARET BRENNAN: –to fire Don McGahn, the White House counsel. But that directly contradicts sworn testimony–
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Yeah.
MARGARET BRENNAN: –that was in the Mueller Report, where Don McGahn said he almost quit–
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Yeah.
MARGARET BRENNAN: –he was so pressured to fire the special counsel.
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Well, that’s a–
MARGARET BRENNAN: Who do you believe?
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: I– I think it’s just all theater. It doesn’t matter. I don’t care what he said to Don McGahn. It’s what he did. And the President never obstructed–
MARGARET BRENNAN: It doesn’t matter to you–
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Oh, God, no. I mean–
MARGARET BRENNAN: –that the President is changing a version of events that perhaps some would say, lying.
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: If you’re going to– if you’re going to look at every President who pops off at his staff and, you know, ask him to do something that’s maybe crazy, then we won’t have any Presidents.
MARGARET BRENNAN: But in terms of the firing this was Don McGahn, the White House counsel, being pressured to fire the special counsel.
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: But he didn’t.
MARGARET BRENNAN: But–
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: And I don’t care–
MARGARET BRENNAN: But–
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: I don’t care what they talked about. He didn’t do anything. The point is the President did not impede Mueller from doing his investigation.
MARGARET BRENNAN: And it doesn’t–
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Case closed.
MARGARET BRENNAN: –trouble you that the President is changing his version of events?
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: I don’t– I don’t care what happened between him and Don McGahn. Here’s what I care about. Did Mueller– was Mueller allowed to do his job? And the answer is yes. Name one thing that they did to stop Mueller from doing his job, and if you can’t then there’s no obstruction.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Will you call McGahn to testify?
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Not me? No. No, I’m– I’m done.
MARGARET BRENNAN: What about the special counsel?
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: I’m not going to re-litigate it. I don’t know how clear I can be, Margaret. It’s over for me. He didn’t collude with the Russians, obstruction of justice in this situation is absurd. I fought hard as hell to make sure Mueller could do his job; I introduced legislation to make sure he couldn’t be fired. It’s over.
Graham is right. All the talk of obstruction is simply a stinkbomb lodged in the report, probably by Hillary fan Andrew Weissmann, to cause political problems for Trump. Trump asking Comey if he could give Flynn a break is not a big deal. There was no follow up to the request and Comey’s clowns shoved an indictment down Mike Flynn’s throat by using a potential indictment of his son as leverage. Trump fired Comey. Big deal. The investigation continued. Trump wanted to fire Mueller but that didn’t happen. It really doesn’t matter what Trump said to anyone about firing anyone. The White House provided documents, it didn’t claim executive privilege, and White House staff cooperated with the investigation.
This whole excitement over obstruction is simply spank material for a bunch of partisan lawyers who really don’t matter and their fluffers over at The Bulwark. There is no there there and if the House Democrats try to pursue impeachment based on this this nebulous horsesh** they are going to be punished by voters in a big way.