Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s resignation speech reiterating that President Donald Trump was not cleared of wrongdoing has sparked a flurry of new calls for Mueller to testify publicly before Congress — something he has expressed reluctance to do.
But as former prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, a longtime colleague of Mueller’s, told MSNBC’s Ari Melber, such a hearing might not actually be that useful. Rather, he suggested, Congress should focus its efforts on grilling the witnesses Mueller named in his report.
“Ari, I’m going to make the case, controversial though it may be, that Bob Mueller does not need to testify before, and here’s why,” said Kirschner. “First of all, prosecutors don’t testify about what witnesses in courtrooms around the country every day, judges instruct juries that the words of a prosecutor and the words of a defense attorney are not evidence. The evidence are the words that come from the mouths of the witnesses.”
“That’s point number one. We don’t need Bob Mueller to say, oh, Don McGahn told us that the president told him to fire the special counsel and when he refused, the president told him to lie,” said Kirschner. “We need Don McGahn to say that to the American people and to Congress. Number two, I suspect that a congressional appearance by Bob Mueller would turn into a circus.”
“I would love to have a beer and hear everything he thinks about the probe,” Kirschner concluded. “But the intro to those questions are all interesting and things we want to know the answer, to but none of them go to the core of whether this president committed impeachable offenses. And to get to that and to cull away everything else, we need the witnesses.”
Maggie Haberman details the insane few hours Trump had a impeachment lawyer — before he was basically out
For one brief day this week, President Donald Trump hired former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to help him with a recently launched impeachment inquiry by the House. It took mere hours before the footage was revealed of Gowdy attacking the previous White House for not providing requested documents about Hillary Clinton.
While an impeachment inquiry is supposed to give more teeth to a Congressional investigation, the White House has still refused to cooperate, comply with subpoenas or even allow department staffers to appear and answer questions.
Trump goes after Fox News’ Chris Wallace after Shep Smith departure
President Donald Trump appears to be waging his own war against Fox News hosts that report the factual news and not opinions.
Friday, longtime Fox newsman Shep Smith was officially released from his contract, at his request and fellow Fox staffers are warning it's only the beginning. But now, it seems the president is seeing his sights on ridding the network of anyone who doesn't parrot his policies, politics, talking points or dares to fact-check him.
Robert Reich walks through all the ways Trump is selling America to foreign powers for his own personal profit
Notorious class warrior Robert Reich wrote a sharp attack of President Donald Trump for his international policies that are doing nothing more than scoring him personal cash and power.
Writing for The Guardian, Reich called Trump "the most xenophobic and isolationist American president in modern history," saying that the president has been "selling America to foreign powers for his own personal benefit."
While Trump promised during the 2016 election that he would "bring troops home," it was likely assumed that Trump meant the decades-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The work on the ground in Syria was mostly being done by Kurdish allies and not American soldiers. The number of troops on the ground in Syria, prior to Turkey beginning their bombing campaign, was relatively low.