Robert Mueller could be a killer witness—if he chooses to be

 

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Special counsel Robert Mueller will likely have a chance to make a big a difference in the course of American history, if he chooses to take it. The House Judiciary Committee is currently in discussions to set a hearing date for him, and even Senate Judiciary chair Lindsey Graham has queried Mueller on whether he wishes to refute the testimony of Attorney General William Barr.

At issue is nothing short of how America perceives the Trump administration’s handling of Mueller’s report, whether it can be trusted moving forward, and ultimately whether momentum builds toward impeachment proceedings. At the moment, about two-thirds of Americans are disinclined to impeach Trump, even though 57 percent believe he committed crimes before he was elected and 46 percent think he’s committed crimes in office, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll.

But the country has also spent nearly a month listening to Barr downplay Trump’s collusion with Russia, his clear criminal obstruction of justice, and his flagrant unfitness for office. Barr painted that picture of supposed innocence by manipulating Mueller’s findings and starving the public of the report’s abundant documentation of Trump’s malfeasance while public opinion hardened in Trump’s favor. But like Trump, Barr has now trashed whatever credibility he had. But Mueller, the other major player in this drama, has serious political capital to spend.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller conducted a fair investigation, voters say 72 – 18 percent, including 65 – 25 percent among Republicans.

Most Americans also seem to get that Mueller’s report didn’t exonerate Trump, with 51 percent saying it didn’t clear him of wrongdoing while Trump’s reliable 38 percent say it did and 11 percent weren’t sure.

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