Robert Mueller’s high stakes public testimony will take place on July 17.
Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats are counting on Mueller to deliver a devastating performance that makes Donald Trump’s removal from office inevitable.
But Trey Gowdy went on Fox News and struck fear in Mueller’s heart with one truth.
The so-called “mainstream” media’s focus on Robert Mueller’s testimony is centered on the risks it will present to President Trump.
Mueller has publicly stated that if he testifies, he will not deviate from what is in his report.
Therefore, the special counsel’s testimony will not cover any new ground or contain any hidden bombshells.
But there is significant risk for the Democrats.
The fake news media dismissed the claims about Obama spying on the Trump campaign, the Clinton campaign colluding with the Russians through the Steele dossier, bias within the FBI, and Mueller’s sloppy tactics as “conspiracy theories.”
However, as Trey Gowdy pointed out in an appearance on Fox News, Republicans have the chance to make their case in front of a national audience without the filter of the fake news media.
Gowdy explained that Republicans should treat Mueller by initially focusing on the core findings in the Mueller report – that there were no indictments for conspiracy with Russia or obstruction of justice.
“What did Mueller find? No criminal collusion. What did he not find? An indictable obstruction of justice defense. What did he not bother to look for?” Gowdy asked.
“We do know one campaign was getting dirt from Russia. Did Mueller bother to find out whether the Russian government was feeding that dirt through Christopher Steele to Fusion GPS? Did he even ask?”
Gowdy also asked the Republicans to press Mueller on the origins of the Russia investigation, insinuating that it began on a hoax.
“And the legal issue is really important, and Johnny just touched on it, if you can resist on the unlawful arrest, can you really obstruct an unpredicated investigation? Which is why it’s important where Mueller began, and I don’t think he began by figuring out the origins of the Russia probe as it relates to Trump. But we’ll find out,” Gowdy added.
Gowdy then concluded with his most important point.
Namely that Republicans need to manage the expectation game.
Each member of Congress only gets five minutes to grill Mueller, and Gowdy argued Republicans should not expect to completely unpack Mueller right off the bat.
Gowdy concluded by stating, “Prepare, set to low expectations, it’s 5 minutes. It is impossible to unlock the mysteries of the world in five minutes. I wish that they were not having the hearing. I’m really glad that we got a good lawyer like Johnny Ratcliffe is on judiciary.”
This was an important point.
Expectations control the narrative in politics.
Nothing Mueller says will be new.
That means Republicans can shape the press coverage by keeping their cards close to the chest going in, then hitting Mueller on the areas of inquiry Gowdy outlined in his interview.
Those matters have not received as much public airing as the Mueller report – which Americans have already made up their minds about – so the questions Republicans ask will be new and dominate the news coverage.
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