Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) tossed out a wild conspiracy theory during an interview on CNN, suggesting somebody “got to” Robert Mueller during his testimony and killed his big gotcha moment against the president.
During the morning session of the former special counsel’s testimony, he was a hero, getting Mueller to agree that his office didn’t charge the president with obstruction because of Department of Justice policies against indicting sitting presidents.
In the afternoon, it all came tumbling down. Mueller began the new session by correcting the record.
Robert Mueller crushes Democrats' dream yet again:
"I want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mr. Lieu, who said, and I quote, 'you didn’t charge the president because of the OLC opinion.' That is not the correct way to say it." #MuellerHearing pic.twitter.com/W77YxcRXO8
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 24, 2019
While many Democrats have professed disappointment, even befuddlement over Mueller’s performance, calling it a “train wreck” and him a “doddering old man” Lieu, appearing on “Anderson Cooper 360,” suggested that the de facto star of the resistance had been compromised.
Mueller agreed that the OLC opinion prevented a sitting president from being indicted. And then the Republican member after me asked him a series of questions to try to get him to walk it back, and he did not do that.
Then it wasn’t until there was a recess in the Intel Committee that he started walk some of that back. I don’t know who got to him. I don’t know who talked to him, but that was very odd what he did. [Emphasis added]
Rep. @tedlieu responds to Robert Mueller's clarification regarding guidance against indicting a President: “I don't know who got to him, I don’t know who talked to him, but that was very odd.” https://t.co/hKfyEFb7BC pic.twitter.com/kasLWHrjVu
— CNN (@CNN) July 25, 2019
Tin Foil Ted
Host Wolf Blitzer gave Lieu an opportunity to walk back his assertion that Mueller had been strong-armed by somebody (gasp — maybe the Russians?!)
“What are you suggesting?” Blitzer asked. “Are you saying he only did that because of pressure from someone?”
“I don’t know,” Lieu replied, adding:
But he clearly answered the way he answered to me, and then he had numerous times to walk that back by the next Republican member who asked a series of questions on exact same issue trying to get him to walk it back. So I don’t really understand what happened.
“I Don’t Really Understand What Happened” could be the title of Lieu’s autobiography one day.
Seriously, if anyone got to Mueller, it would be Lieu’s party, which held mock hearings the day before to practice for the big showdown.
The official campaign arm of the resistance party, meanwhile, ignored reality and pushed the narrative that Mueller testified he would charge President Trump with obstruction if he weren’t president.
The media tried to as well, with Trump swatting them down in epic fashion.
As for Lieu, he has spread other conspiracy theories about Trump and Russia, including an assertion that the widely debunked Steele dossier “has lots of truth.”
Cross posted at the Mental Recession