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The Mueller bombshell that wasn't

Former special counsel Robert Mueller, is sworn in before he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Foto: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

The two appearances by former special counsel Robert Mueller III before two House committees ended with no new news. In all likelihood, this will be the last we hear from Mueller. To put it as gently as possible, he came across as an imprecise figurehead but not a hard-nosed prosecutor. Many are saying he struggled through the hearings; to say more would be piling on.

Republicans did not get any answers from Mueller on the ongoing investigation into the origins of the Russia probe, and Democrats showed they are increasingly desperate and frustrated with the failure of years of investigations to gain much traction. Maybe the case for impeachment based on obstruction got a little more clarity. There is a plausible case to be made for following that course. Whether it is wise to do so is a different story. Certainly, there is a little more energy behind impeachment after Wednesday than there was before. When one considers the futility of the impeachment exercise in the House, the political consequences and the fact that the majority of the American people are against impeachment, maybe Mueller's performance helped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., more than anyone else...

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