Happy Saturday, everyone! Thanks for taking time out of you busy weekends to check out Patriots of the Lord and especially my (Antonio Jimenez’s) article. I’m here to give an overview on everything you’ve already heard about and maybe a thing or two you haven’t. Oh, and I’ll give a podcast or book suggestion at the end. So, let’s get started.
“Uh, that’s outside my purview”
I know all of you must be sick and tired of hearing about the Mueller hearings, but I think it is important that we understand what happened on Wednesday was a great victory for Trump and the Republican Party. That being said, I know we don’t have the time or space to go over every little thing that happened in the roughly six hours of hearings before the House
Judicial Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, but I have four quick takeaways from the whole debacle that everyone should know.
1. Mueller acted like the befuddled old man that he is…and that’s sad. Before we get into the many victories won for Trump and the Republicans, can we reflect on how bad the optics of the whole thing were. Democrats dragged Robert Mueller on to Capitol Hill to testify, thinking that “those who didn’t read the book (the Mueller Report) will watch the movie.” They hoped that Mueller would come to the Hill and dramatize the entire investigation. They hoped this hearing would cause the American people to think that Donald Trump was a corrupt “Russian agent” so that they could rally up support for impeachment. But you know what, Dems, it didn’t work.
Mueller came to the hearings completely unprepared. He had a hard time hearing the questions. He stumbled and fumbled through his answers. All in all, he was a very different man from the FBI Director Robert Mueller. Mueller has done many great things for this country (investigation excluded) and it was a bit sad to see him up there, looking and acting every bit his seventy-five years.
But enough of that. Let’s get to the good stuff.
2. Mueller couldn’t have exonerated Trump if he wanted to, thus, it was misleading to end the report by not exonerating the President. You might be thinking, huh? The thing is, Mueller’s report never include one word that has been in thousands of headlines since 2016: collusion. The reason? Because “collusion” is not an official legal term Robert Mueller decided to leave it out of his report.
However, exonerated is not an official legal term either. But that didn’t stop Mueller from using that word in his report. The ending of the report says that the investigation “did not exonerate” Trump. Since when has it been DOJ policy to not not charge someone? What happened to “innocent until proven guilty”? Mueller knew that exonerate was not an official legal term but he pushed ahead anyway and slipped it in there at the end to make sure he wasn’t clearing the President.
3. Mueller has now flipped four times on the issue of indicting the President and the Office of Legal Counsel guidelines. If you’re unfamiliar with the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) guidelines, they simply say that you cannot indict a sitting president.
Mueller started out by saying that if it were not for the OLC guidelines he would have indicted Trump. The story then got flipped, and Mueller said that it was not just because of the OLC guidelines that he did not indict Trump.
Well, then he flipped again during the hearings, telling Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) during his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee that if it were not for the OLC guidelines he would have indicted Trump. But guess what…he then changed his answer again.
At the opening of his testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee, Mueller said “that was not the correct way to say it,” effectively backpedaling on his answer to Rep. Lieu.
The idea that the only reason Mueller did not indict Trump is because of the OLC guidelines is now dead.
4. Trump is innocent of collusion. Mueller said so. Trump is innocent of obstruction. Mueller said so. Let’s put this all to rest once and for all. The Mueller Report clears President Donald J. Trump of conspiring with the Russian Government to impact the 2016 election in his favor. Everyone knows that. But what about obstruction?
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA): “At anytime of the investigation was your investigation curtailed or stopped or hindered?”
Robert Mueller: “No.”
How could Trump have obstructed the investigation when Robert Mueller said that the investigation was not “curtailed or stopped or hindered.”
Wow. Case. Closed.
The witch hunt is over, everyone. Give up impeachment. Let’s shut up about it and move on to more important things. Seriously, I’m done.
Dude, Great Britain Has a New Prime Minister!
“I say to all the doubters: dude, we’re going to energize the country, we’re going to get Brexit done!”
Yes, that’s a real quote from Boris Johnson, the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
On Wednesday, Theresa May gave her final speech in front of 10 Downing Street before heading to Buckingham Palace to make her resignation official. During her speech she stood beside her husband, Philip, and said it had been “the greatest honor” to serve as the British Prime Minister and “I hope that every young girl who has seen a woman prime minister now knows for sure there are no limits to what they can achieve.”
After her speech, May left 10 Downing Street in her Jaguar XJ to drive to Buckingham Palace and request of the queen that she make Boris Johnson the new prime minister.
But how did he get to this point? In a nutshell, the UK has a parliamentary system of government, meaning that in a general election, the citizens vote for their political party. Those political parties then receive seats in the government depending on how much of the electorate they win. The leader of whichever party holds the most power then becomes the prime minister. That was Theresa May until she resigned as party leader. After May’s announcement of resignation, the Conservative Party then scheduled an election (which happened on Monday) to choose the next leader of their party and, consequently, the next PM.
But what does all of this mean for our friends “across the pond” going forward?
For one, if Boris Johnson has his way, Great Britain will leave the EU by October 31…with or without a deal. While Johnson has said he would rather not go down the “no-deal” road, he has not ruled it out. His “do-or-die” approach is risky, but hopefully it will force British and EU lawmakers into agreeing to a deal, as a “no-deal” Brexit would undoubtedly hurt British and European economies.
The UK would not only immediately be hit with tariffs from every other EU country, but they would also face the danger of losing their trade deals with other countries like China and Japan. Some experts also predict that a “no-deal” Brexit could drop the British pound to being equal with the dollar for the first time in history.
Hopefully, though, the lively Boris Johnson can use his charm and energy to push a deal through.
Fun Facts about Boris:
-He is very competitive to the point of once pushing over a ten year old boy during a rugby match in Japan.
-One of his favorite hobbies is making model buses.
-Don’t you love his hair? (Guess that’s not really a fact but whatever)
“It Genuinely Shook Me to My Core”
Those were the words of 31-year-old Lincoln Boehm who discovered, of all things, an In-N-Out burger on the street in Jamaica, New York…roughly 1500 miles from the nearest In-N-Out restaurant.
The best account of the story is the first person article by Lincoln Boehm in Vice so I’m simply going to link you to that here. Check it out: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pajjwk/i-found-nycs-in-n-out-burger-and-solved-the-mystery-of-how-it-got-there
Book Suggestion: The Twelfth Imam by Joel C. Rosenberg
If you’re looking for an intense, high-action, political thriller without having to worry about liberal politics ruining the story, look no further then Joel C. Rosenberg. An Evangelical Jew, Rosenberg has topped the New York Times bestseller lists and been profiled by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He was also recently the keynote speaker for the State Department’s conference for advancing religious freedom.
The Twelfth Imam tells the story of CIA operative David Shirazi and his attempts to keep the Iranian regime from acquiring nuclear warheads. The story takes an unexpected turn when a religious figure starts going through Iran, working miracles and claiming to be the “Hidden Imam,” an Islamic religious figure who is supposed to come to the earth to establish the Islamic caliphate. Who is this man? And is he really who he says he is?
All right, thanks again everyone for reading. I hope you enjoyed my article and I’ll meet you next week, same time, same place.
BTW – The video of the raw chicken crawling off the plate is fake. Sorry.
-Antonio L. Jimenez