Trump seeks to impeach Mueller? Guess who’s playbook that comes from…

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It’s all over the media- Trump is pounding Mueller’s investigation.

WSJ: Trump Steps Up Attacks on Mueller Investigation



The Hill: Trump unrestrained in latest attacks of Mueller probe

USA Today: As Trump attacks Mueller and FBI, critics warn about special counsel dismissal

NY Times: Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans

Dick Durbin:

On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer John Dowd suggesting special counsel Robert Muller’s probe should end in light of the ouster of FBI Director Andrew McCabe was part of a pattern of “desperate and reckless conduct to intimidate” law enforcement.

You get the idea. It’s the worst thing ever done. It’s horrible. What kind of person would do this? It’s the worst thing ever done by a President.

Or is it?

Let’s crank up the Wayback Machine to 1998

 

Weekly Standard: TRASHING KENNETH STARR

WHEN JAMES CARVILLE first announced his plans to launch an “all out” public-relations war against independent counsel Kenneth Starr, official Washington seemed almost shocked. An attack by a president’s campaign manager on a sitting independent counsel was, the Washington Post pointed out tartly, “unprecedented.” Carville immediately drew sharp criticism from prominent Democrats and longtime friends. Democratic elder Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan dismissed Carville’s anti-Starr rhetoric as “nonsense.” The White House, meanwhile, worked hard to simulate official disapproval. Clinton, said spokesman Mike McCurry, was “not in a position to dissuade Mr. Carville.”

That was in December 1996. A year and a half later, all pretense has disappeared. White House employees routinely go on television to denounce Ken Starr personally and by name. In a Larry King appearance the other day, presidential adviser Paul Begala casually described Starr’s behavior as criminal, not to mention “frightening,” “absurd,” and “unfair.” Last week a number of administration officials, including the previously restrained Mike McCurry, called for a Justice Department investigation after an overheated magazine article alleged that Starr had “leaked” grand-jury information to reporters. The White House no longer even pretends to consider Starr’s investigation legitimate, and James Carville is proud to have started the trend. “Very seldom does a man have a chance to say he was a prophet,” Carville says.

 

CNN:

Realizing that the impeachment process was judged in the political, not legal arena, Clinton his team fought back in the court of public opinion. Not only did they continue to deny having done anything warranting impeachment, but they also went on the offensive by painting Independent Prosecutor Starr as a fierce partisan, part of what Hillary Clinton called a “vast right-wing conspiracy,” that didn’t really care about what the framers intended to mean by high crimes and misdemeanors. Clinton’s supporters suggested that Starr, along with Speaker Gingrich, trumped up an irrelevant affair to bring down the president.

And?

The strategy worked like a charm. While the House Republicans voted to impeach President Clinton they could not obtain any substantial Democratic support which would have been essential to giving the charges bipartisan legitimacy. In the Senate, there were enough Republicans who didn’t believe the charges warranted Clinton’s removal from office.

This from the NY Times in1998

 

And today? Are Trump’s attacks on Mueller working?

Drudge poll: Three-quarters say Trump should fire Mueller

Can’t blame a guy for doing something that a democrat proved successful, right?

 

 

 

 

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In response to the question at the end of this article “Can’t blame a guy for doing something that a democrat proved successful, right?” I say – Wrong.

You can, and should blame someone for doing something unethical that their political rivals did in the past. If it was wrong the first time, then it’s wrong now. If anything, the fact that a past president did something and got away with it should make it -more- important that a current president be called out for it. It should definitely not be used as justification.

Let it run its course. They should put a cap on what these shysters are charging tax payers for this.

Drudge poll: Three-quarters say Trump should fire Mueller

Yeah. They’re polling their own readership. That certainly provides a statistically balanced sample of American opinion.

There have been letters and meetings between Mueller’s team and Trump’s lawyers.
The set of questions Mueller wants Trump to answer has been sent.
Surprisingly, Mueller is asking Trump no Russian collusion questions!
The shotgun approach is alive and well in the swamp in DC.

Can’t blame a guy for doing something that a democrat proved successful, right?

Particularly since after almost three years of investigation, including illegal FISA surveillance, nothing has been found that would even raise suspicions of collusion.

@Jason Alexander:

You can, and should blame someone for doing something unethical that their political rivals did in the past. If it was wrong the first time, then it’s wrong now.

It was wrong then because the Clinton’s knew they were guilty. If all we were talking about was a little old affair, why lie to the Grand Jury? In Trump’s case, with all the revelations of a concerted liberal effort to fabricate a case out of thin air, a wholly partisan team of “investigators”, all the suspicions and accusations being based on campaign research funded by the opposition and proven to be false and unverified and a campaign of leaks and lies being waged against his administration, he is fully justified in fighting back by denouncing an openly partisan and illegitimate witch hunt.

@Greg:

Yeah. They’re polling their own readership. That certainly provides a statistically balanced sample of American opinion.

Kind of like putting together a team of Trump-hating, Hillary-loving, partisan liberals and pretending they are conducting an unbiased, objective investigation, huh?

@Greg: Kind of like when demoncraps did the same for Hilldabeast!! Remember NO way to 270??

@Greg:

actually greg, there were three other polls that opted for the outing of Mueller. recall the POS kenney star , ass kissing whore dog billy’s , great investigator? well about a year ago the kiss ass came out and touted the whore dog as a recovered upright citizen and noted the his past actions are behind him.

@M0S #8541, #8:

actually greg, there were three other polls that opted for the outing of Mueller.

Oh, really. And what polls were those?

If they even exist, I’m sure they’ll turn out to have been taken from samples every bit as biased as the Drudge audience, because that’s not the prevailing American opinion. Monmouth University conducted a poll last month that touched on the same question.

@M0S #8541, #8:

actually greg, there were three other polls that opted for the outing of Mueller.

Oh, really. And what polls were those?

If they even exist, I’m sure they’ll turn out to have been taken from samples every bit as biased as the Drudge audience, because that’s not the prevailing American opinion. Monmouth University conducted a random sample poll last month that touched on the same question. I’m sure you could get the results you prefer by polling Hannity viewers or Rush Limbaugh listeners.

(Sorry about the duplicate comment.)

@Greg: I don’t think Mueller should be fired by the president, I do, however think he should be told to produce something or shut it down, within some reasonable time. The way it’s set up, Mueller may be using this as his retirement, where he will be paid the rest of his life for doing nothing.

@Redteam: And, since his production team is comprised solely of Trump-hating Democrats, he should have to convince Republicans he either has produced some solid evidence against Trump or has leads towards that end. Otherwise, strike the tents and disband. Reassign whatever non-partisan assets to investigate how, with prior warnings, we could have sold 20% of our uranium to the Russians. Then, proceed to other necessary investigations: Hillary’s sham of an email investigations, security leaks, Fast and Furious, IRS targeting and FISA abuses.