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The Mueller Unknowns

WASHINGTON - JULY 28:  FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee focusing on the oversight of the FBI July 28, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. In response to criticism that the FBI was unfairly targeting Muslims, Mueller stated during the hearing that the bureau's domestic surveillance was not targeting people based on race.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JULY 28: FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee focusing on the oversight of the FBI July 28, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. In response to... WASHINGTON - JULY 28: FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee focusing on the oversight of the FBI July 28, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. In response to criticism that the FBI was unfairly targeting Muslims, Mueller stated during the hearing that the bureau's domestic surveillance was not targeting people based on race. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 23, 2019 1:26 pm

In general, count me with those who see it as enormously self-defeating the degree of expectation that has built up around Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony tomorrow. There’s more than a little air of hoped for spontaneous combustion among congressional Democrats – as though just having Mueller there and talking will have some transformative effect. The last best chance to move the public in direction of impeachment – that’s the line of a number of press reports, supposedly echoing the hopes of pro-impeachment Democrats in the House. If Democrats want to make the case for impeachment they need to do it, not rely on Robert Mueller to do it for them. He is after all a reluctant witness. Possibly not insignificant is that he is a number of years older than he was the last time he appeared regularly for congressional testimony. That may have an effect on the energy level of the proceedings most aren’t talking about.

For all this though I think there’s a great deal of unknowns about how this all shakes out. It remains volatile, unpredictable, unknown – as the White House and the DOJ appear to be telling us in spite of themselves.

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