Like many Democrats, Don Lemon thought Mueller was going to undo Trump.
He believed the Mueller report was enough to get Trump impeached.
Which is why Don Lemon will lose his mind when he sees what Mueller did before his testimony.
When Robert Mueller took the floor to testify before Congress last week, the entire world watched with bated breath.
The testimony gained an intense amount of buzz and was even said to be more discussed on social media than the Game of Thrones series at its peak.
That’s how interested the world was in seeing Mueller talk about his report.
But what the public doesn’t really know is that before Mueller went to DC to testify, he asked William Barr to limit how much he could say.
That’s correct, Robert Mueller and his team sent a letter to the Department of Justice office explicitly asking them to limit what questions they would ask.
That way, Mueller wouldn’t be drawn to speak on anything he didn’t already cover in the report.
Part of Mueller’s letter read, “Please note that there should be no testimony concerning the redacted portions of the public version of the report, which may not be disclosed because of applicable laws, court rules and orders.”
Surely liberal talking heads like Don Lemon exploded when they learned of this. Here their savior is asking Trump’s Department of Justice not to be asked extracurricular questions about Trump.
How then, could they ever get Trump impeached now?
The original report didn’t have enough evidence to get Trump impeached.
Which meant if Mueller wasn’t going to talk more on the subject, then the Democrats had no extra ammunition to use against the President.
But there it is, in plain English.
The DOJ’s response was very specific about what topics the questions should cover.
“Any testimony must remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by executive privilege, including information protected by law enforcement, deliberative process, attorney work product, and presidential communications privileges.
These privileges would include discussion about investigative steps or decisions made during your investigation not otherwise described in the public version of your report.
Consistent with standard practice, Department witnesses should decline to address potentially privileged matters, thus affording the Department the full opportunity at a later date to consider particular questions and possible accommodations that may fulfill the committees’ legitimate need for information while protecting Executive Branch confidentiality interests.”
Leading up to Mueller’s appearance, talking heads like Don Lemon reveled in the idea of Mueller delivering new truths about Trump in front of the American public.
They probably pictured Mueller showing up with bombshell allegations written on tablets of stone like Moses had when he descended Mt. Sinai.
And yet, Mueller would have none of it.
He was there for one reason, because he’d been subpoenaed.
And since he couldn’t legally circumvent delivering his testimony (and knew he had nothing further to share), Mueller made it his mission to get out of there as quickly and cleanly as possible.
Poor Don Lemon, how it must sting to realize you’re stuck with Trump for another year – and maybe another four on top of that.