Hopefully, they put Hillary and Pres. Trump in jail because both of these individuals sought dirt on the other with the Russkies. I think the sad thing is that we worry more about Pres. Trump's guilt than stopping future interference and face it, the Russian Bots are still out there dividing people and still active. To me, that was Mueller 's finest moment and something that should have united the chamber briefly but it did not.
Nadler was the most solid questioner in the first round. Dems should have followed up on his line of questioning.
Nadler was decent but he was leading Mueller in fact, most of them were. The things that hurt the Dems here, is that they are not united. Some want impeachment and some know that impeachment can backfire like it did Bill Clinton. I bet Nancy Pelosi is happier today, because I think this hearing makes impeachment less likely.
I had the complete opposite impression regarding Ratcliffe --> pompous, grandstanding jackass kissing up to Trump.
Yet he had Mueller on his heels the most with his line of questioning. Did he go outside the scope of the probe?
Mueller was weak and disinterested. Reps impugned his credibility as well as his team's credibility. If nothing else, he should have been a stronger witness is supporting his team as well as his findings even if he was determined to frustrate Dems by not reading his report's quotes nor elaborating on the findings
Agree, and I think this is the reason no one won the lines of questioning. I felt bad for Mueller, he is an true American hero who has served the federal government for years. He also is not party of the faction with the FBI that thinks it has a right to play Kingmaker (aka Strzok and Comey). It certainly, looked like he did not even read the report in terms of knowing his content. It was obvious he did not want to be there.
I think the Dems had more to gain or lose here and they did not gain much.
the Republicans have been dancing circles around the Democrats in the public case.
Agree, and Chuck Todd agrees:
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE, NBC NEWS: When the Democrats were asked why, why would they put Robert Mueller on the witness stand, why did he come before Congress when he's issued this report, they said, because you needed to have this report come alive, because the movie will be better than the book, that it would capture and captivate America's attention and focus them on the issues here. And to our panel, I ask the question, is it mission accomplished, if that was the goal? https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/07/24/chuck_todd_mueller_hearing_a_disaster_didnt_help_advance_the_cause_for_trump_impeachment.html
CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS: If that was the goal, it's a complete failure on that front.
and Pelosi and her gang, did not help with their Democratic Response.
In short, this was all about playing to the base for both parties. The average American, did not watch this and sick of this issue only 11% favor impeachment.. People in their echo chambers will still find comfort in their news catered to them.