ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
(AUDIO: Trump says, “I thought we had a very good day today,” Trump told reporters at the White House following the conclusion of the second hearing. “This was a very big day for our country. This was a very big day for the Republican Party … could say it was a great day for me.”)
CAPITOL HILL – That was President Donald Trump rejoicing on the South Lawn to reporters shortly after the conclusion of House testimony from former special counsel Robert Mueller III. The hearings were covered live by all the major TV networks for just under seven hours.
As Trump touted his success, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joined Democratic leaders in a press conference in the Capitol. She affirmed her previous she stance that he isn’t ready to proceed with impeachment :
(AUDIO: Pelosi, “If we go down that path, we should go the strongest possible way.”)
Despite Democrats’ best efforts to say the Mueller hearings were effective, headlines from multiple news sources told a different story of demoralized Democrats caught in a state of torpor, confusion and languor:
“Pelosi rebuffs Nadler on impeachment after Mueller flop”, Politico
“Mueller Day falls flat”, The Hill
“The Blockbuster That Wasn’t: Mueller Disappoints the Democrats”, The New York Times
And “DAZED AND CONFUSED”, The Drudge Report
Looking forward, as the House leaves on Friday for August recess, their multiple investigations into potential wrongdoings with candidate Trump’s 2016 campaign will be on hold until September.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill