Reporter’s Notebook: With Müller hearings before, the “book” can be better than the ‘Film’

in the vicinityvideo wants Robert Mueller go, outside the scope of his report during his upcoming Capitol Hill testimony?

Tennessee Republican Rep. Mark Green says, it is ridiculous to believe that there was even more to Robert Mueller, as he included in his extensive report.

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. If you sit on a red-hot cinder, a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.” – Albert Einstein explains his relativity theory

It is hard to imagine more Chaos in the House of Representatives this week could, as it was last week.

President Trump vs. “The team.” A resolution to condemn Trump for “racist comments”. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the violation of the norms of the house of decency, and to sanction the house, the vote to her. The house blocked an impeachment effort. The house voting to hold Attorney General William Barr, Minister for trade and Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt. The house repealing a Central component of Obamacare, the “Cadillac” tax. Democrats finally come together to approve an increase in the minimum wage to 15 dollars per hour. To act in a lively hearing on prisons, Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan. And all of this threatens against back-room negotiations over the contentious issue in Congress: limit the increase in the debt ceiling.

Hard to beat all that for pandaemonium.

Yes, but Robert Mueller is coming to Capitol Hill this week.

As Einstein would say, all things are relative.


The high-test-Congress-atmosphere – coupled with poisonous rhetoric, ominous brawls, and General malignancy prompted, House chaplain Fr. To deliver to Patrick Conroy, the prayer is an opening for the eternity, to the house meeting last Thursday.

“This was a difficult and contentious week, in the dark ghosts appear in the game in the people’s house,” pronounced Conroy of the Altar in his daily invocations.

Conroy then raised both hands to shoulder height, palms facing outward.


“In Your most Holy name, I all the spirits of darkness driving out of this chamber. Spirits, not by you. I drive the spirit of discouragement, which dampens the hope of those who are of good will,” Conroy explains. “I’m the spirit of petty quarrels, the clouds, the mind and the desire of fruitful productivity and the management of the problems in an appropriate manner in front of this house. I’m no sadness, caused by the frustration of dealing with questions, be detrimental to the honorable work of each member was called to participate.”

Conroy prayed that it would be “a balm to comfort and refresh the souls of all in this Assembly.”

We will see how it goes.

All eyes focus on the house this Wednesday as Müller, the former special counsel, to appear before two panels. These are perhaps the most-anticipated congressional hearings in decades.

The Congress has already its share of blockbuster hearings. The testimony of the former trump “fixer” Michael Cohen was a firecracker over the winter. The same with the last performances of Barr and former FBI Director, James Comey. Independent Counsel Ken Starr testified in 1998 the Starr report, in which the misdeeds of then-President Clinton. 2010 hearing of BP CEO Tony Hayward commanded the attention after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It was abuse in 2005, a hearing with baseball superstars Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Jose Canseco about steroid. Tobacco executives said hear in 1994 that nicotine addictive.

You have to go all the way back to July of 1987, to hear, as important as the Müller-closed meeting on Wednesday. This is testified to in the case of the Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North before the joint house-Senate Iran-Contra Committee. The panel examined whether the Reagan administration, the Congress, the exchange of weapons for hostages bypassed surreptitiously.

A revised version of the Mueller report came in mid-April. The public may not have read the book, but house Democrats hope to clear the public will see the Film.


The show starts next Wednesday.

Democrats have tried to animate the words on the pages of the report in some of the public remembers. You are with the target, resulting in the multi-hour hearings in a moment or two, crystallized what they interpret as transgressions of President Trump.

That is, how big are the hearings always. There is a cinematic quality to them. Hearings stretch on for hours. The goal is for both sides to create a “scene”, something unforgettable for the public. It might stumble a legislator, the witness. The witness stumble, the legislature. A lively exchange. An expression of openness.


It may not be fair, but the Reporter and the public to “score” big hearings like ringside judges in a prize fight. Make a note of how many strikes each side got. Who fought dirty. Who has one on the chin. Who’s cut over the right eye. Who needs smelling salts from her second.

This is what leads us back to the Iran-Contra hearings and the appearance of Oliver North. Few remember, much of the North for several days of testimony. But everyone remembers what they saw: a single image that “won” the hearing.

TV crews positioned the camera to capture, North testimony low to the ground, in the direction of the witness table. North dressed in full military regalia. If sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, the Committee Chairman, swore-in the North, the Lieutenant Colonel arose and stood, ram-rod straight as if at attention for a drill sergeant. After a beat, North, his right hand snapped into position. A cacophony of rapid-fire-camera-filled-clicks trigger the room sound like thousands of crickets rubbing together their wings in the twilight.

Any Hollywood Director will tell you, there is a way, a actor powerful-screen: place the camera on the ground and shoot upwards in the direction of the face. You have to shoot down in the direction of the actor, if you want to, detract from his credibility and make him appear small and weak.

Lt. Col. Oliver North is sworn in on the first day of his testimony at the Iran-Contra hearings in July 1987.
(Getty Images, File)

Very little counted, the shot from the North, taking up his Marine uniform and his angular chin from the camera to the ground. North seemed to be powerful. Of The Skeptics. In The Command.

Nothing else was able to attend the hearing.

You’ve heard of it, “phrase-mongering.” Well, that was an “eye-Biss.”

The image of the North overwhelmed the witness. North Stand-solo, in a battle against a phalanx of house members and senators on the dais. North she exuded power, confidence and patriotism. In contrast, viewers, legislators, and the Committee perceived advice on how wonky and disordered.

North testimony scrubbed Daily Soaps and quiz shows. The people saw the hearings at the lunch counter and beer in bars. Shoppers lingered in Department stores, view from the North image on the banks of Zenith, and Magnavox TV feed showroom floors.

To the North is the performance, “Ollie-mania” that seized the nation. Delicacies dressed “Ollie” sandwiches. People flooded North to McLean, Va., House with telegrams. Literary and TV agents scrambled to ink the North. Phone calls flooded the White house in favor of the North.

It is possible that the public will perceive, Wednesday, the hearings through a different prism. Democrats have hoped to convert Mueller into a compelling character damning evidence against the President is swinging. The Republicans have to offer target to him. The public was already divided, too. Everyone has already picked a side, the either Red Sox or Yankees jerseys.


Sources have told Fox News that Mueller might just stick to the text of his report, delivery Yes or no answers and read. The would it leave to the legislature to breathe life into the testimony. Some lawmakers may try to embroider the testimony, with their own interpretations and insights. After all, we live in a visual culture. “Sight bites,” a difference that could make.


So, put all this on television to help the Democrats make their case? Do the President and the Republicans seem to be redeemed Wednesday night?

It’s hard to say. But, as the Miller report is going on in the TV, there is something to it: the book is often better than the movie.

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