Is it possible that at some point we’ll be adding a third inevitability to the old adage, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes”?
How does “… death, taxes, and political manipulation of Congress” sound? Well, maybe not for coining a new phrase, but it’s become an ironclad fact that we can count on anything coming out of the U.S. House of Representatives these days to be all about manipulating public perception for political purposes.
In a Sunday morning interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News, Rep. Doug Collins (R) of Georgia talked about the pointless House vote last week on a resolution urging Attorney General William Barr to release as much information as possible when the Mueller Report is completed.
Said Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee: “It was a political stunt by the Democrats who felt that they could divide Republicans into voting no upon it, because at the end of the day after I looked at it when they dropped it … they said this is nothing but simply a first-year law student’s restatement of what the regular regulations say that Mr. Barr is going to have to do.”
The resolution was an “act of nothingness,” he said.
“We know and you know, as you said earlier, that there’s not going to be collusion here. This is where it is going to be … very hard for the Democrats. All this was … don’t be fooled by this … this was simply a stunt because they thought they could divide Republicans to make us look bad, as not being transparent. I have no problem being transparent with what we see is coming forward, and it’s within the regulation to say that this was nothing more than a political stunt.”
He told Bartiromo: “This is the sad part we’re at right now, Maria. They have no agenda. They have nothing that they can actually put on the floor, so they wasted an entire week of the American taxpayers’ dollar to actually put a report on the floor that said nothing, basically except the same thing the regulations say that Mr. Barr needs to do so.”
The Democrats pushed the resolution to a vote in the House and it passed unanimously 420-0. It was admittedly a symbolic vote to urge the findings of the long, wasteful Mueller investigation to be made public as much as possible. By all appearances, the investigation seems to be winding to a close.
On the Senate side, Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina effectively blocked a vote on the resolution when he filed an amendment to the Senate version that demanded a new special counsel be appointed to investigate the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email case and the surveillance of Carter Page, former Trump campaign adviser.
Senator Graham is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. On the Senate floor, Graham said: “Any American out there who did what Secretary Clinton did, you’d be in jail now. We let Mueller look at all things Trump, related to collusion and otherwise. Somebody needs to look at what happened on the other side and find out if the FBI and the DOJ had two systems … one supporting the person they wanted to win and one out to get the person they wanted to lose. If the shoe was on the other foot, all hell would pay.”
Not surprising at all … the mainstream media is acting as if the Mueller Report may not be released and that this resolution was in some way meaningful. Democrats are shoveling their commentary as fast as they can and uninformed folks on the street are swallowing it whole without chewing.
House Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly voted to demand the public release of Robert Mueller’s report once it is completed. https://t.co/TUdqxbHvAw
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 14, 2019
Wow! BREAKING! House passes a resolution 420-0… yes, 420-0 calling for the public release of the Mueller report! Everyone can agree that this needs to be seen by everyone!
— Josh Seefried (@JoshSeefried) March 14, 2019
The decision to release the Mueller report can’t be about politics. It must be about protecting our democracy. The American people deserve the truth.https://t.co/UTRTSu9Kbf
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) March 17, 2019
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