‘Too bad!’ CNN’s Toobin has meltdown Mueller won’t testify. But warned, ‘careful what you wish for’

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Responding to special counsel Robert Mueller’s declaration Wednesday that he’d prefer to never speak about the Russia probe again, CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin basically told him to get over it.

“I mean, this notion that, well, Mueller doesn’t want to testify, you know what, TOO BAD!” he said Wednesday evening on “The Situation Room.” “Most witnesses don’t want to testify in front of Congress. It’s a generally unpleasant experience. But the point is Congress needs the information.”


Why does Congress need the information? To impeach President Donald Trump, of course, which almost everybody who works at CNN has been pushing for nonstop since Mueller’s announcement.

“And, of course, it’s different when you hear a person of enormous rectitude to say something then to invite the public to read 448 single space pages,” Toobin continued. “I mean, I don’t think Congress has anything to apologize for for wanting to hear from him and why [House Judiciary Committee chair] Jerry Nadler appears to be throwing in the towel preemptively seems just bizarre to me.”

Is forcing Mueller to testify really in the Democrats’ best interests, though? Most Democrats — both those in Congress and those in Hollywood and the media — appear to believe so:

Are they right? Not necessarily. Why? For the same reasons that renowned conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh desperately wants Republicans to force Mueller to testify.

“The Republicans ought not let him get away with that, by the way. Mueller does need to testify, and the Republicans need to be the ones carrying the ball on this,” he said Wednesday on his nationally syndicated radio talk show. “They need to get him up there.”

To do what? To pepper him with questions about the origins of the Russia probe.

“What about the dossier?” Limbaugh continued. “What about all of this that you haven’t reported on? Did you know that the dossier was fake? Did you know that it’s made up? Do you know that it was political opposition research? Do you know that it formed a large part of the entire investigation before you picked up the job?”

While it’s true that Attorney General Bill Barr has launched an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe and even assigned a “bulldog” prosecutor to lead it, what remains unknown is why Mueller never made an attempt to answer these questions for himself.

“I think that’s why he doesn’t want to testify — he doesn’t want to get those questions,” Limbaugh said. “He’s not afraid of what the Democrats are gonna ask him.”

“He’s obviously on the same page with the Democrats. Everybody wants to get Trump. He delivered his final assist today in helping the Democrats do it, by making them think that there are impeachable offenses that Mueller just couldn’t prove. No! I take that back. It’s better than that. He has made them think that Trump committed crimes but that he couldn’t indict him because he’s a sitting president, that only Jerry Nadler and his guys in the House can do it.”

Fellow conservative radio show host Mark Levin has some questions for Mueller as well.



“I want a challenge of Mueller’s premises today which is one of the reasons why he didn’t want to be questioned,” he said Wednesday evening on FNC’s “Hannity.” “Did Mueller say he had evidence of a crime that met the probable cause standard but could not indict? He never says that. He doesn’t say it today, it’s not in his report. He doesn’t say he has probable cause ever.”

“Number two. Did he say we had to question the president about obstruction and therefore found others who had actually obstructed and charged them? No. Who are these other people? There aren’t any other people because the president didn’t obstruct. So, no, nobody else who was not immune was charged with obstruction for trying to cover up this investigation.”

Last but not least, Levin wants to know why Mueller left the obstruction of justice verdict up to Barr: “Why did Mueller leave it to the Attorney General to decide obstruction rather than wait a couple years and see if the president wins reelection and if he doesn’t, indict him in 2020?”

It’s unclear whether Toobin and other liberal Democrats realize that, if and when Mueller is forced to testify, he’s going to have to answer every single one of these questions. As one astute observer of Toobin’s meltdown noted, “careful what you wish for.”

As of Thursday morning, the only Republican who’d definitely come out in support of forcing Mueller to testify was California Rep. Tom McClintock. In a scathing statement posted to Twitter, the Republican legislator demanded that Mueller testify to clear up his “pettifoggery,” i.e., his BS.



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