By Lynn Woolley
It’s showtime! After a short delay, the much-anticipated (by Democrats) grilling of special counsel Robert S. Mueller gets underway on Wednesday.  But here’s the thing: In his only public comments so far, Mueller pledged not to say anything that’s not in his 448-page report. He told the American people, and members of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, that his report speaks for itself.
What that means is that there really is no reason to hold hearings at all. If the report did not offer proof of collusion – and if Mueller is not going to expand on what it said – then, is this all a waste of time? Maybe not, but we will see.
What Democrats hope to accomplish.
In a nutshell, the Democrats – not knowing whether they will be able to pry additional information or opinions from Mueller – want him to reiterate the report’s content on TV. That may seem like a minor goal, but it’s pretty much all they have.
Video: Nadler with Chris Wallace on Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors.
Not very many of the American people read the report, and the “Russia Collusion” narrative has run out of steam . This is the Left’s last shot at reviving it. If all they can do is get Mueller to read sections of his own report in front of the camera, they’ll take it.
On FOX News Sunday,” (July 22), the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler maintained that there is still “very substantial evidence” that President Trump has committed crimes and should be impeached. He told FOX’s Chris Wallace:
“This is a president who has violated the law six ways from Sunday… We have to present – or let Mueller present – these facts to the American people… because the administration must be held accountable and no president is above the law.”
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, went on CBS’ Face the Nation with the same message about the Mueller report:
“We want Bob Mueller to bring it to life, to talk about what’s in that report… It’s a pretty damning set of facts that involved a presidential campaign in a close race welcoming help from a hostile foreign power, not reporting it but eagerly embracing it, building it into a campaign strategy, lying about it to cover up, then obstructing an investigation into foreign interference again to try to cover up.”
Did he say “close race?” At the time, Democrats and the left-wing media were crowing about Hillary was going to steamroll Trump  in the election. That may be one reason why President Barack Obama, knowing that the Russians wanted to influence the election in some way, poo-pooed the Russians ability to interfere. Schiff’s comment, however, shows the Democrats’ willingness to revise history.
Video: Schiff on Face the nation — “a damning set of facts…”
What Republicans hope to accomplish.
For their part, the minority members of these committees are chomping at the bit. Republicans and conservative media have long opined that the investigation was a set-up. Georgia representative Doug Collins is the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee. He appeared Sunday on FOX News’ Sunday Morning Futures:
Remember, the Mueller report is a one-sided report. It has not been questioned from the other side. This is our chance to do so.”
Like the Democrats, Republicans are not expecting Mueller to sing like a canary. So they will simply get their side of this out to the public through questions. Expect a lot of speeches without much response from Mueller. Subject matter will likely include the Deep State, rogue FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page  and their anti-Trump insurance policy, the debunked Steele Dossier and the role it played in FISA warrants, and what hard evidence Mueller found about Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee .
It’s possible that there may be questions about Hillary Clinton and her illegal server and whether Mueller looked into that. Or Bill Clinton’s $500,000 speech in Moscow. Or the Uranium One deal that took place while Hillary was Secretary of State. It would be interesting to know which side had more Russian connections — the Trumps or the Clintons.
Video: Sunday Morning Futures — Maria Bartiromo interviews Rep. Doug Collins.
It all depends on how much Mueller hates Trump and how much he decides to say.
Mueller made a pledge to the American people to keep his mouth shut and let the report speak for itself. That would be the right thing for him to do. If he is a man of integrity, and keeps his word, then we’re about to hear a lot of grandstanding and speechifying from both sides. And that may be just about all we get.