For all of the talk about Mueller’s halting performance, this exchange is why his testimony could have an effect: at just over a minute long, it’s almost made for TV and is ideal for social-media shares pic.twitter.com/HYg5azb8VI
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) July 24, 2019
The Washington Post has a complete transcript of the proceedings, including Adam Schiff’s opening statement:
… Your report, for those who have taken the time to study it, is methodical and it is devastating, for it tells the story of a foreign adversary’s sweeping and systemic intervention in a close U.S. presidential election.
That should be enough to deserve the attention of every American, as you well point out. But your report tells another story as well. The story of the 2016 election is also a story about disloyalty to country, about greed, and about lies.
Your investigation determined that the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump himself, knew that a foreign power was intervening in our election and welcomed it, built Russian meddling into their strategy and used it…
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 24, 2019
Mueller says it is correct that his investigation turned up evidence of conspiracy.
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) July 24, 2019
Schiff’s five minutes and Mueller’s answers would have been enough for Republicans to impeach and convict any other president before sundown today.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 24, 2019
Rep. Demings: "Lies by Trump campaign officials and administration officials impeded your investigation."
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 24, 2019
To be clear, this has always been broadly assumed. But Mueller was definitive. That's new.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 24, 2019
Rep. Johnson: President Donald Trump directed WH Counsel Don McGahn to fire you.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) July 24, 2019
This 35 seconds will deservedly be shown over and over and over https://t.co/gfTORQgW2T
— David Cantwell (@dlcantwell) July 24, 2019
Rep. Jackson Lee made an important, but perhaps subtle, point in her questioning. She established that Mueller found that Trump had motive to impede the Russia investigation, contradicting William Barr, who said Trump was merely frustrated.
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) July 24, 2019
SCHIFF concludes the hearing with this: "Protecting the sanctity of our elections begins w/the recognition that accepting foreign help is disloyal to our country, unethical & wrong. We cannot control what the Russians do but we can decide what we do." pic.twitter.com/tzKJUx5iVi
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2019
The headlines speak for themselves:
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) July 24, 2019
Nadler got every Democrat to ask pertinent, focused questions and weave a narrative that put a devastating report on Trump's clear criminal behavior on live TV. Minimal time wasted on pontificating. Hats off.
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) July 24, 2019
Seeing almost zero mention of Trump’s unhinged rant shortly after the hearings ended.
A bunch of pundits & reporters think today was a nothingburger or worse for the Dems. It appears Donald Trump doesn’t agree. (One of those rare times Trump is right)
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) July 25, 2019
"We're hoping this will heighten the sense of urgency for a whole-of-government response to protect our democracy going forward." #RetweetTheReport #ProtectOurDemocracy #ForThePeople https://t.co/UNA6XBDpun
— diane #ForAll straub (@didikins4life) July 24, 2019
I think this represents some certainty that a lot of members aren't hearing anything about impeachment.
Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and they can connect you to your Senator or House representative if you want impeachment proceedings to begin now. https://t.co/uvGhsAsaII
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) July 24, 2019
Only 90+ Reps want impeachment. We need 218+. Please call YOUR Rep & YOUR Senators & tell them you want them to vote for impeachment or they lose your vote. Then call friends/fam and tell THEM to call. https://t.co/KmNjsBZ9Da
— thepolitical #BravenakDoesNotExonerate cat (@thepoliticalcat) July 24, 2019