Open thread for night owls: Biggest name missing from Mueller Report hearings will be Bob Mueller

Russell Berman at The Atlantic writes—The Big Names Missing From the Mueller Hearings:

House Democrats on Monday announced a long-awaited series of hearings on the Mueller report that they hope will drive home President Donald Trump’s misdeeds to a far larger share of the American public.

Their star witness, however, will not be Robert Mueller, the recently departed special counsel and principal author of the 448-page document at the center of the proceedings. Nor will it be Attorney General William Barr, who skipped out on a House Judiciary Committee hearing last month and earned a contempt citation from the panel for withholding Mueller’s unredacted findings. Nor will it be former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who provided Mueller with some of the most damaging—and possibly incriminating—details on Trump’s actions.

In fact, the announcement from Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler did not list a single person mentioned in the Mueller report as a potential witness. Instead, Nadler plans to invite a figure from scandals past: John Dean, the White House counsel to former President Richard Nixon who famously called the Watergate affair “a cancer” growing close to the presidency and later testified against Nixon to Congress. The hearings will also feature “former U.S. attorneys and legal experts,” the committee said.

As congressional-hearing notices go, Monday’s announcement read like the lineup for a much-hyped music festival that tried desperately to book Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, or Ariana Grande and wound up with Hootie & the Blowfish at the top of the bill instead.

Daniel Schwarz, a spokesman for Nadler, said the Judiciary Committee had not given up on Mueller, whom lawmakers have wanted to question from the moment Barr delivered the first summary of the former special counsel’s report to Congress in March. But it is the strongest signal yet that Democrats are prepared to move on without him. […]

 

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2010 writes—’What the hell did we do to deserve this?’

If they spoke English, “What the hell…?” might well be what the ‘gators in the Louisiana wetlands would be asking the herons these days as the oil creeps in from the Gulf gusher. But, of course, those are actually the boneheaded words of BP CEO Tony Hayward, whose string of pronouncements over the past five weeks appears increasingly reptilian. The ‘gators and herons have nothing to answer for. BP has had nearly 800 recorded safety violations since 2007.

Given BP’s arrogant recklessness 800 fathoms beneath the sea and the whacks Hayward’s shoot-from-the-lip style have gotten from the media, one would expect that the giant company’s PR department would have by now stapled Mr. Hayward’s tongue to the roof of his mouth for the duration. But apparently it is as helpless to stanch the flow of toxicity passing through his lips as engineers are to stop the oil gushing from the sea floor.

A politician’s staff calls what Hayward is doing “misspeaking” when their boss is caught out. As when he said just a few days ago: “We’re sorry for the massive disruption it’s caused to their lives. There’s no one who wants this thing over more than I do, I’d like my life back.” If the 11 dead oil workers could speak, they might have something to say about that. But, of course, Hayward had forgotten all about them in his bellyaching over what he has to put up with to collect his $4.5 million annual compensation package.

Previously, there was his “Almost nothing has escaped.”

 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: We’re once again under the cloud of a mass shooting. Grubby Trump collects “thoughts & prayers.” For himself. Chaos in China!. Also, a bit about Mr. Chao (Mitch McConnell) and his accomplices in ruining the judiciary, and how much they’ve already done.

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