The Morning Briefing: Democrats Turn to Conspiracy Theories for Dud Mueller Performance

President Donald Trump smiles as he announces Judge Neil Gorsuch as his choice for Supreme Court Justice.

Good Friday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump meets with the Secretary of State and the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

Ted Lieu Clings to Conspiracy theory to explain Mueller bomb

It's not out-of-character for these lefties to buy into conspiracy theories, we are still living among corporate media and political partisans that maintain President Trump is an agent of RUSSIA. Now comes poor Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.). He says that someone "got to" Robert Mueller, who bombed in his "one night only" performance of the Democrats' stage production of "The Mueller Report: Orange Man Forever Bad."

Lieu appeared on CNN (where else?) to assert his conspiracy theory:

“[Y]ou say Mueller fully understood your question. Doesn’t Mueller’s correction, which he later provided, prove otherwise?” Blitzer asked.

“This is what’s so odd about that exchange. Special counsel Robert Mueller agreed that the OLC opinion prevented a sitting president from being indicted, and then the Republican member after me asked him a series of questions to try to get him to walk it back, and he did not do that.”

“And then it wasn’t until there was a recess with the Intel committee that he started to walk some of it back,” said Lieu.

I don’t know who got to him. I don’t know who talked to him, but that was very odd, what he did.”

Blitzer asked Lieu, “What are you suggesting?”

“Are you saying he only did that because of pressure from someone?”

“I don’t know,” said Lieu, “but he clearly answered the way he answered to me, and then he had numerous times to walk that back by the next Republican member who asked him a series of questions on the exact same issue trying to get him to walk it back.”

He changed his answer to reflect what was in "his" report. However, Robert Mueller didn't know what was in the report, that was the big bombshell during the hearing. Obviously Wolf Blitzer didn't know what was in the report either. When Mueller came back from his break and corrected his statement, he read the correct answer directly from the report. This was lost on Lieu and Blitzer.

I suppose when you have so much invested in a narrative, these are the lengths you will go to in order to keep your beliefs alive. I'm sure one of Mueller's henchmen told him during the break to correct his testimony because his remarks were inconsistent with what "he" had written.

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AG Barr ready to start killing again

This has got to drive all the Barr-haters crazy. Attorney General Bill Barr announced the DOJ wants fire up ol' sparky by reinstating the death penalty to execute 5 men on death row.

After 16 years without an execution, Barr has directed the head of the Bureau of Prisons to execute "five death-row inmates convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society — children and the elderly" in December and January, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

As with everything, expect legal challenges to Barr's direction.

Who are the 5 men on the death penalty roster?

The five federal inmates ordered to be executed are Daniel Lewis Lee for murdering a family of three, including an 8-year-old girl; Lezmond Mitchell for murdering a 63-year-old and her 9-year-old granddaughter; Wesley Ira Purkey for raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl; Alfred Bourgeois for torturing and killing his own 2-year-old daughter; Dustin Lee Honken, for shooting and killing five people, including two young girls.

Stay tuned.

Related:

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Pressley to introduce bill to end death penalty after DOJ decision

Other morsels:

Prevagen maker must face FTC, New York claims that memory supplement does not work

A good fit. CNN Hired Photo Editor Who Refers To Jews, Police As ‘Pigs’ And Called For People To Be Murdered

States talk tech antitrust concerns with AG Barr

Biden bounces back

Yikes! FBI finds bodies sewn together ‘like Frankenstein’ in human chop shop

Teens recorded spitting into soda bottles, placing them back in store fridge

Driver pulled over for using red sports drink as tail light, gets off without ticket

College student finds 65-million-year-old fossil of Triceratops skull in North Dakota badlands

Meghan McCain says 'The View' studio audience regularly boos her

Alleged cocaine smugglers toss items overboard during high-speed Pacific pursuit

At least four dead in Los Angeles shooting spree

Europe's heat wave is shattering temperature records and cities are struggling to cope

About a dozen teens beat a man to the ground outside a hotel

Doctored presidential seal projected behind President Trump

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!