D’Oh! Ken Buck Totally Screws President Trump

UPDATE #4: President Trump goes absolutely bananas when asked about the Mueller comments that were precipitated by Rep. Buck’s questioning. Watch the video below and then tell us: Does this sound like a guy who really thinks today was a big victory?

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UPDATE #3: This statement from Colorado Democratic Party Chairwoman Morgan Carroll has to sting a bit:

“Mueller confirmed that the reason he did not indict Trump was because of a DOJ policy that a sitting President could not be indicted. But, I would like to personally thank Ken Buck for confirming with Robert Mueller that President Trump could indeed be indicted and criminally charged with obstruction of justice after he is out of office. Given that the investigation resulted in nearly 200 criminal charges already filed, it’s good for voters to know that Donald Trump soon could face legal consequences for his corruption after they vote him out of office in 2020.”

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UPDATE #2: Dammmmmnnnnnnnnn!!!!

Rolling Stone, 7/24/19

Paul Waldman of the Washington Post uses similar language:

That is what soccer fans call an “own goal.” What Buck inadvertently argued, with Mueller’s help, was that while the evidence of Trump’s personal cooperation with Russia was insufficient to sustain a conspiracy charge, the evidence may well have been sufficient to sustain an obstruction charge, and it may have only been Trump’s current position that is saving him from an indictment.

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UPDATE: This is really, really, really bad for Buck.

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller is testifying publicly before Congress about his investigation into President Trump’s office and potential Russian interference in the 2016 election. Two Members of Colorado’s Congressional delegation are part of the House Judiciary Committee, which got first crack at Mueller’s testimony: Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Lafayette) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Greeley).

Oddly enough, it was Buck — the man who is also the newest Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party — who ended up creating one of the biggest moments of the morning:

 

Ken Buck’s “oh, shit” face.

The Hill has more on this back-and-forth:

Buck appeared to be taken aback, and asked the question again, but adding whether Mueller believed a president could be charged with obstruction of justice after leaving office. The former special counsel again said he believed that was the case…

…Whether Trump would be charged with obstruction of justice were it not for the Justice Department guidance has been an area of focus for Democrats, some of whom are pushing to start impeachment proceedings against Trump in light of Mueller’s findings.

Hundreds of former federal prosecutors and DOJ officials have signed onto a letter saying that they believe Trump would have been charged with a crime were it not for the guidance.

Buck is a former Weld County District Attorney, so he should be well familiar with the old axiom to never ask a question of which you don’t already know the answer. Folks watching the Mueller hearings caught Buck’s mistake immediately:

There’s really no way to spin this for Congressman/Party Chairman Ken Buck. This was a YUGE mistake.

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  1. The realist says:

    It was a stunning moment – especially from a prosecutor. What did Buck believe Mueller was going to say? Why did he ask that question?

    This is no doubt the first and only time I would ever say, "Thanks, Ken Buck."

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    We should all hope that any of  the Democratic questioners are half as effective at implicating Trump in criminal behavior as Buck . . . 

    . . . methinks that somewhere orange poolada has just hit the fan.

  3. harrydoby says:

    Too bad Buck didn't ask the money question: "Could you secure a conviction of the president after he leaves office?" 

    It would have been priceless to hear Mueller say, in the words of Mr. Big: "Abso-fucking-lutely"

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    On the bad-news side,

    Buck’s questions and Mueller’s answers, just gave increased incentive to a scared, insecure, and unstable Yammypants, and his crime syndicate of minions, to do anything to win again in 2020 . . . 

     

    . . . not that it wasn’t going to be, anyway 

    • itlduso says:

      Trump is faced with a second term or a prison term.  The stakes for Trump have just been raised on this election, and we can anticipate unimaginable tactics to be deployed by Trump and the GOP, as you say, including challenging the actual voting results.

  5. RepealAndReplace says:

    Another entry in the Book of Chairman Buck’s Famous Quotes…..

    right up there with the rape victim’s buyer’s remorse, cowboy boots and no high heels, and if you’re gay, get to an AA and start working the Steps to straighten yourself out.

  6. Buck was trying to criticize the inclusion of non-charges in Mueller's report, but he own-goaled by the timer and I think by Mueller's indication that the report was not written as a public report, but rather as a DOJ internal report.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Maybe Kenny wasted too much time going through Mueller's CV and lauding him before going on the attack.

    • notaskinnycook says:

      Maybe not. Getting the answer he did allows Buck to go back to the local G.O.P and stir up rage that Mueller and the Dems are out to get Fearless Leader, and that he HAS to be reelected to save him from the Democrats vendetta against their hero.

  7. For once I'm proud to be represented by Ken Buck. Lol.

  8. RepealAndReplace says:

    Is it too late for Susan Beckham to request a recount?

  9. bullshit! says:

    Best GOP chairman ever.

  10. JohnInDenver says:

    Paul Waldman explains Ken Buck's questioning further:

    The first was from Republican Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, who apparently unintentionally got Mueller very close to saying that there was adequate evidence to convict Trump of obstruction of justice. Buck asked whether Trump could be convicted on an obstruction charge, and Mueller responded that he couldn’t make that judgment because of Justice Department policy.

     

  11. TRUMP: "Read the correction"

    Excerpt from the transcript (hint: there is no correction):

    BUCK: OK, but the — could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?

    MUELLER: Yes.

    BUCK: You believe that he committed — you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office.

    MUELLER: Yes.

    BUCK: Ethically, under the ethical standards.

    MUELLER: Well I am — I’m not certain because I haven’t looked at the ethical standards, but the OLC opinion says that the prosecutor while he cannot bring a charge against a sitting president, nonetheless he continue the investigation to see if there are any other person to might be drawn into the conspiracy.

    NADLER: Time of the gentleman has expired. The gentleman from Rhode Island.

    • Not only that, but Mueller later reinforced this statement under questioning by Lieu:

      LIEU: Thank you. So to recap what we’ve heard, we have heard today that the president ordered former White House Counsel, Don McGahn, to fire you. The president ordered Don McGahn to then cover that up and create a false paper trail. And now we’ve heard the president ordered Corey Lewandowski to tell Jeff Sessions to limit your investigation so that he — you stop investigating the president.

      I believe any reasonable person looking at these facts could conclude that all three elements of the crime of obstruction of justice have been met. And I’d like to ask you the reason, again, that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of OLC opinion stating that you cannot indict a sitting president, correct?

      MUELLER: That is correct.

      • Well, I was wrong. Mueller did walk it back some this afternoon. From the House Intelligence Committee testimony:

        Now, before we go to questions, I want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mr. Lieu who said, and I quote, “You didn’t charge the president because of the OLC opinion.” That is not the correct way to say it. As we say in the report, and as I said at the opening, we did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime.

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