Will Durst Will Durst, 6/6/2019 [Archive]

Some Final Thoughts About Mueller

Some Final Thoughts About Mueller

Raging Moderate by Will Durst


Breaking his two-year vow of silence, special counsel, professional Boy Scout and part time monk Robert S. Mueller III took time from his busy schedule of transitioning to the public sector and spoke to the country for almost ten whole minutes. And we were honored.

Part of the thrill was hear what the man sounds like, as this was the first time he's spoken to the press since his appointment. Too bad we can't say the same thing about the major subject of his investigation.

It's pretty obvious the hastily arranged press conference was designed to keep Democrats from calling Mueller to testify on Capital Hill about his investigation. And the fact that Attorney General William Barr was out of town probably didn't hurt.

Mueller knows most of America would rather dive into a piranha tank wearing a raw meat bathing suit than slog through the 448 pages of his investigative gobbledy-gook, so he grasped this opportunity to give the world the Reader's Digest Condensed Version, highlighting the sticky bits.

He maintains the report is his testimony and there is nothing else to add, at all, ever. In other words, he asks the questions pard'ner, he don't answer them. Which is fine, because Bob Mueller is not the most colorful speaker in the world. The man is so dry, when he talks, little puffs of dust fly out of his mouth.

It was never a fair fight. Robert Mueller is the ultimate 'by the book' guy who believes in playing by the rules. Whereas Donald Trump believes the rules are meant to be broken and has never read a book.

A particular phrase from the report was emphasized: "If we had confidence the president didn't commit a crime we would have said so." Boom. The essence of the whole thing condensed to a single line. Too complicated for you? He said if they thought the president was innocent, they would have said so. But they didn't say so. Ergo...

He also said Donald Trump's conduct warrants an investigation, which he wasn't able to do, because of a justice department policy that prohibits charging a sitting president with a crime. If he could have, he would have, but he couldn't, so he didn't. There you go Congress. No pressure.

They're still deciding whether to subpoena Mueller to testify in front of Congress, but the former FBI Director's desire to sit in front of a doubly hostile crowd of half angry Democrats and half angry Trumpsters appears to be between zero and you-got-to-be-freaking-kidding.

Mueller doesn't want to testify. The attorney general refuses to co-operate. Nobody from the administration is turning over requested documents. The White House is expanding executive privilege to pizza delivery orders. Congressional Democrats must be developing a complex.

Responding to the sideshow, the president tweeted "I had nothing to do with the Russians helping me win the election." Oops. Then he said that wasn't what he meant and people are picking on his every word. Well, yeah. You're the guy in charge. Every word matters.

Perhaps this is just one more reason why, traditionally, the presidency has not been an entry-level position.

-

Copyright 2019, Will Durst, distributed by the Cagle Cartoons Inc. syndicate.

Will Durst is an award-winning, nationally acclaimed columnist, comic and former sod farmer in New Berlin, Wisconsin. For a calendar of personal appearances, including his new one-man show, "Durst Case Scenario," please visit willdurst.com.

Download Will Durst's color photo - Download Will Durst's black and white mug shot photo
Why not run a cartoon with the column? We recommend the cartoons below as a good compliment to Will Durst's topic.
Click on the thumbnail images to preview and download the cartoons.

Related Cartoons

On Mueller Island
By: Jeff Koterba

May 30, 2019

Roadmap to impeachment
By: John Darkow

June 4, 2019

Mueller statement
By: John Cole

May 31, 2019

Mueller statement
By: John Cole

May 31, 2019

Mueller Report
By: Bob Englehart

June 3, 2019

The Mueller Report
By: Bob Englehart

June 3, 2019
    

We do not accept and will not review unsolicited submissions from cartoonists.
Sales & Information: (805) 969-2829 sales@cagle.com
Billing Information: (805) 969-2829billing@cagle.com
Technical Support: support@cagle.com

FREE cartoons for your website if you're already a paying print subscriber!
Artwork and columns are copyrighted by each creator. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service