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House Democrats Must Insist That Robert Mueller Testifies Publicly
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50850"><span class="small">Richard Greene, The Hill</span></a>   
Sunday, 26 May 2019 08:12

Greene writes: "If Robert Mueller - the former Marine Corps captain, U.S. Attorney, deputy attorney general and FBI director - really wants to continue to serve his country, there is no other option: The special counsel must buck up and face the cameras and the country."

Robert Mueller. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Robert Mueller. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

House Democrats Must Insist That Robert Mueller Testifies Publicly

By Richard Greene, The Hill

26 May 19


f Robert Mueller — the former Marine Corps captain, U.S. Attorney, deputy attorney general and FBI director — really wants to continue to serve his country, there is no other option: The special counsel must buck up and face the cameras and the country.

Here are at least four reasons why:

  1. Enough of hiding behind redacted and even unredacted pages of words. What we know in communication strategy is that words are far less powerful than human non-verbals. Some studies even put the impact of words at only 7 percent, with voice tone at 38 percent and body language at 55 percent.

  2. To not testify in person gives President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr a massive advantage. We’ve seen and heard Mr. Trump emphatically state “No collusion, no obstruction,” and to go on and on about how unfair and flawed and illegal and unjust the entire Mueller investigation was, and any and all negative findings in the final report.

The intensity of both his voice and his facial gestures registers. They land deep into the conscious and subconscious of the American audience, especially those pre-disposed toward Mr. Trump. Attorney General Barr’s calm, cool, erudite, sophisticated posturing also registers, profoundly reinforcing his boss’s assertions.

To put a transcript of Mueller’s testimony up against, literally, years of powerful voice tone and body language from Trump and months of the same from Mr. Barr is to put a high school team up against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Mueller has to go “mano a mano” against those who question his credibility and his team's investigation, in order to set the record straight. Live, public, televised testimony is the only way to do so.

  1. Against this daily backdrop of presidential tweets and televised declarations of “Witch hunt!” and “Scam!” and “17 Angry Democrats!” — and so much more — Mueller’s refusal to face the music and testify publicly will look and feel like a reinforcement of every one of Trump’s arguments. “He must not stand behind his report,” many people will be inclined to conclude. “If he really believed all the bad things he said about the president in his report, then he would have the courage to say so directly to the American people. Why is he hiding behind closed doors?”

  2. Democrats need to “buck up” as well. If House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and fellow House Democrats allow Mueller to hide behind closed doors, what does it say about the Democrats’ belief in the strength of their assertions, their case? People who love Donald Trump love his guts, his willingness to go to the mat for what he wants. Democrats finally have subpoena power. Why in the world would they not make use of that? What are Democrats afraid of?

They need to tell Mueller, “I’m sorry, Mr. Special Counsel, but we need for you to testify under oath, live and in an open hearing and, if you won’t agree, then we will subpoena you to do so.” 

If Mueller and his team’s two years of painstaking work have any value, they have to put a face on it. America will not read a transcript, but it will tune in, and the special counsel's distinguished face, as well as his expressions, the sincerity and conviction and emphasis in his voice — or lack thereof — on live television are absolutely critical to our moving forward (hopefully together) as a nation.

Otherwise, Robert Mueller, instead of being the patriot we all thought he was, will have led us all down a long path only to ultimately bow down and surrender to Donald Trump. 

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+2 # johnescher 2019-05-27 06:18
This article seems more true than many.
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-27 07:14
Yes, Mueller should be subpoenaed. Same for all of this team of 20 attorneys working on the Probe. They should all face questioning from members of congress. It would take a weed to do it all but it would be a week well spent. Finally, some resolution could be reached. Congress or the democrats could decide to launch an impeachment or just forget the whole thing and move on. Mueller would have the last word.

There's a lot of video of Mueller testifying before congress. He is not very articulate or smart. He says "I don't know" or "I don't remember" very many times. He does not seem to respect the role of congress in oversight. So it could be a big disappointment if everyone is on Mueller's shoulders. That may be what democrats are afraid of. That's why all of the Probe needs to be at the witness stand. Some of them are very articulate and very verbally aggressive. They will remember.

Mueller was never thought of as a patriot. He is a hit man for the Deep State. That's been his whole life. Wake up. He was brought in by Rosenstein to cover up the crimes of the FBI, CIA, DOJ, and others. He did that for two years. The crimes are coming out anyway. He did all he could.
0 # RLF 2019-05-30 05:59
We need to remember that Mueller is a high level Republican operative and we've seen the integrity of Republicans reflected in the behavior of all of their congressmen and senators! There should be about a 1 in 1000 chance that Mueller wasn't selected to protect Trump...but assuming he is the one Republican that cares more about his country than his party he still needs to explain why he never questioned the presidents kids and son in law who comes from the family of a felon. Everyone else at this level was questioned and many of them are in jail...why not the bosses over these jailbirds?