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It's Mueller Time (Again)

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Republicans used to say they want to run government like a "business". No one could have imagined that the 'business' they ended up emulating would be a Trump business. Trump is now attempting to run the U.S. government like Trump Org. in other words like a criminal enterprise.

Trump has now infected the federal government to the extent that his appointee to the office of the "People's Attorney" has now been completely exposed as a partisan hack and obsequious stooge.

If a viewer of the recent Senate Judiciary Committee interview with William Barr focused on his countenance as Senator Mazie Hirono called him out for being a liar and a Trump toady, he/she would have seen the face of completely compromised fraud who has allegiance only to the elites who have enriched him over a lifetime of serving their interests. This is Barr's America. This is what he will defend to his last breath. Of course, this world view is not unique to Barr, it is, as has been emphatically demonstrated by the Trump presidency, the raison d'être of the Republican party.

Former FBI director, James Comey, in a New York Times op-ed, recently articulated his impression of the soul-devouring process resulting from association with Trump. Comey more or less asserted that Trump has the natural ability to bring the worst out of those around him. I would add that Trump also has a knack for attracting the worst human beings in the country into his administration, and the Republican party seems to have an unbelievably deep bench of such individuals.

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Robert Mueller appears to be one Republican that is immune to the Trump contagion. He's already memorialized his objection to Barr's four-page distortion of his report. Barr publicly and rhetorically questioned why Mueller didn't just call him to convey his concerns knowing full well why Mueller needed documentation when dealing with someone as compromised and slippery as him.

Many Americans appalled by Trump were disappointed by the failure of the Mueller Report to call for the indictment of Trump for obstruction of justice. But, Mueller was constricted - as has been widely noted - by Justice Department policy that prohibits indicting a sitting president.

Being a "straight shooter" Mueller played it by the book; but now, hopefully, he has recognized that "playing by the book" ended up enabling a lawless dysfunctional criminal enterprise now actively kneecapping American democracy.

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Now that Trump and his enablers have gone to hyper-obstruct; Mueller is in the unique position to end the obfuscation, the stonewalling and the cover-up, and publicly spell-out exactly what he believes his report found vis-à-vis "conspiracy" and "obstruction of justice". And, critically, to clarify if he has - as many lawmakers believe - created a "roadmap" for holding the President accountable for any crimes committed.

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"Where have you gone", Robert Mueller? "Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you".

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Isn't this the 'straight-shooter' Mueller who as director of the FBI in 2003 lied about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction, thus helping us into another costly, illegal, and immoral war?




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Yes, he bought into the Colin Powell narrative.

I'm just hoping one of the "new world order" types actually will place country before party ideology. Mueller seems to be someone who could, but I may be wrong!

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A tad naïve, no.

Mueller has been one of many fixer/bag boys for the power elite. Enough is enough. The planet's on fire....

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and 'waddabout' that? If you say so, it must be relevant and fact filled.

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Do NOT MISS THIS this wonderful analysis of what Barr did, by BENJAMIN WITTES the editor in chief of Lawfare and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution -- he is not another MSM opinion hack, or some political 'spinner". He ends his wonderful report with " In some ways, the only thing scarier than an attorney general who would knowingly and cynically deliver the layers of misinformation Barr has been dishing is one who would do so because he's all in on a collective delusion."

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The Benjamin Wittes piece says it all! Thanks.

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as for me, the proliferation of rogue lawyers has undone the rule of law. The loopholes they created for the power elite gave away our wealth, which lies offshore. They write the laws for the corporate lobbyists that "allows corporations to in effect rule the lives of American workers constitute what University of Michigan philosophy professor Elizabeth Anderson refers to as "private governments." These "workplace governments," she writes, are "dictatorships, in which bosses govern in ways that are largely unaccountable to those who are governed. They don't merely govern workers: they dominate them." These corporations have the legal authority, she writes, "to regulate workers' off-hour lives as welltheir political activities, speech, choice of sexual partner, use of recreational drugs, alcohol, smoking, and exercise. Because most employers exercise this off-hours authority irregularly, and without warning, most workers are unaware of how sweeping it is."

No one hears about the Paradise Papers--an extensive leak of documents primarily from a Bermudan law firm by the I.C.J.U LAWYERS do this! They r ob our wealth so our bridges crumble, and anything for the COMMON GOOD, like health and education disappaer.

"The Institute for Policy Studies report, "Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the rest of us," reveals that the richest 25 Americans are wealthier than the bottom 56 percent of the US."

* The net worth of the 400 richest is roughly equal to that of the bottom two thirds of the country, a total of 200 million people. According to the report's authors, the US has become "a hereditary aristocracy of wealth and power."

THE rule of law is OVER, IN THE US. Just ask the thousands of people awaiting their day in court, because they are too poor to hire an attorney.

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