They are going to try to blame Trump and/or Trump supporters and/or "fake news" for this. It's transparently obvious. It's the only reason they would put up guards around media organizations in an entirely different city when the attacker is in custody already.
He spent most of his time saying he wasn't there personally and doesn't have any personal knowledge of anything, except he signed one of FISA warrants, so he is personally implicated (and thus conflicted as far as the Mueller matter is concerned).
He was involved. He is desperately playing defense. Hell, he won't even say whether he read the application he signed.
He does say, eventually, that the application he signed doesn't match what has been publicly reported. That's a massive allegation of lying by one or more of his subordinates if his characterization is accurate. Or, it could just be a claim that the application doesn't exactly match the media reports on any number of specious minor differences.
Even if he was lied to, however, his current objective is obvious: play for time and avoid saying anything he could be prosecuted for later. It won't be clear whether he succeeded until the coverup fails. If it fails.
Clayton Cramer has been investigating mass murders in our nation's history. The above "Church of the Sacrifice" was from the slavery era. We probably have more mass murders, but also more people and more publicity (leading to repeat and copycat incidents). Our firearms technology has improved, too, but murder is nothing new -- not even murder in job lots.
We don't know much about what he said, other than claiming he did nothing wrong and all those texts we have read were just intimate conversations with intimate friends. Not buying that part. For the rest we'll have to wait for his open testimony, but Meadows did say there was new information not in the IG report, possibly referring to the FBI 302s being modified. Rep Goodlatte has comments, saying FBI lawyers advised Strzok not to answer many questions. They are still covering up, of course.
They might have been able to resist once they got through the primaries, but the retirement of Kennedy will raise the stakes. They backed themselves into a corner with the various filibuster policies, and they are going to have to pay the price for that.
Democrats keep promising to leave the country if we don't elect them dictator, and demanding we import more and more people into the country they are so eager to leave. I propose a one-to-one exchange. For each Democrat who renounces their citizenship and leaves the country after the election of a Republican, we will allow one Republican from the country they emigrate to to enter our country and obtain citizenship.
It's population-neutral and exactly as diverse as the nations the Democrats will choose to reside in after they leave. How can they possibly object?
There's an age limit (21+ to purchase any firearm), a one-gun-per-month law, and a registration requirement for certain types of firearms. The registration is really long term confiscation, as registrations cannot be transferred on death of the owner.
Power Line has the details, along with inappropriate snark about him being the Chief Justice. He's not. Roberts is. The retirement is effective July 31st, meaning we have a month or so to argue about who replaces him. Some on the left are already screaming about Gorsuch, but holding an open seat on the Supreme Court for more than two years and then hoping to win the election may be a bridge too far. I expect the Democrats will try to hold past the midterms in the hopes of getting the Senate majority, which would allow them to completely block a replacement justice and force Trump to bargain with his nominee.
Whether McConnell will allow them to do that is another matter.
The Democrats are already going nuts, with mob violence and stalking of administration officials, pervasive threats from deranged individuals, and even occasional acts of politically motivated violence. This will only raise the stakes. They are going to go batshit crazy.
The timing will be interesting. During budget legislation panic time, before the midterms but after the primaries. Dems will be safe from their radical left wing base and might be more open to compromise before facing the Trump electorate, especially the many Senators in vulnerable seats. The Republican establishment will be eager to feed at the trough, and a limited DACA amnesty combined with funding for the wall might be a workable thing to sell to their donors, especially in the context of the other goodies Trump can veto repeatedly until they fund his wall.
House Judiciary Committee passes resolution demanding docs
Speaker Ryan has been generally squishier than I would like on this, but he appears to be on board for the moment. Presumably the testimony from Wray and Rosenstein Thursday will be their last chance to make excuses.