Like everyone else who watched yesterday’s hearings, I thought that Robert Mueller seemed halting and uncertain during much of his testimony. Which is not to say that Mueller failed to say what needed to be said:
Russia attacked the last election, and is attacking our next election right now.
Trump was not exonerated by the investigation. In fact, he is susceptible of prosecution for obstruction of justice if he leaves office before the statute of limitations expires.
The investigation did not “establish” a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign — but found plenty of evidence of a conspiracy.
Unfortunately, because a very great many Americans are influenced more by dramatic theater than actual facts and thought, the copiously-documented fact that the country is in the hands of a cheap demagogue and criminal is unlikely to have the effect it should. So Mueller, the Movie, was a … flop.
The sole bright note may be the stupefyingly bad behavior of the Republicans, who refused to engage the evidence of criminality and chose instead to attack an honorable and plainly-tired public servant with a record vastly more accomplished than any of their own. There is no nice way to spin it: The Republican conduct was squalid, disgraceful, soiled the Congress and embarrassed all clear-headed and decent-minded people.