What exactly does the FBI director do? Doesn’t know anything about IRS either

It’s been a rough week for FBI director Robert Mueller as was grilled by Congress on several issues. The investigation into the IRS scandal was of particular importance, and Mueller didn’t appear to know anything about anything.

“He had a bad day yesterday,” Pat said. “He looked awful with Louie Gohmert, and then looked just as bad during the IRS testimony.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) grilled the seemingly uninformed FBI director on the investigation into the IRS scandal. Mueller was unable to answer basic questions about the investigation into the tax agency’s political targeting of conservative groups:

MUELLER: The IRS case is currently under investigation and basically just started.

JORDAN: You started a month ago. What can you tell us about this? Have you found any – found the now infamous two rogue agents? Have you discovered who those people are?

MUELLER: Needless to say, because it is under investigation, I can't give out any of the details.

JORDAN: Can you tell me how many agents, investigators you have assigned to the case?

MUELLER: May be able to do that, but I would have to get back to you.

JORDAN: Can you tell me who the lead investigator is?

MUELLER: Off the top of my head, no.

JORDAN: This is the most important issue in the country in the last six weeks, and you don't know who the lead investigator is?

MUELLER: At this juncture, no.

JORDAN: Can you get that information to us? We'd like to know how many people you assigned to look into this situation.

MUELLER: I have not had a recent briefing on it. I had a briefing when we first initiated it, but I have not had a recent briefing as to where we are.

JORDAN: You don't know who is leading the case?

MUELLER: I do not know who is the lead agent.

JORDAN: Do you know if you talked to any of the victims? Have you talked to any groups targeted by their government? Have you met with any Tea Party folks sine May 14, 2013?

MUELLER: don't know what the status of the interviews are by the team that's on it.

JORDAN: Would you expect that's been done?

MUELLER: They're – certainly at some point in time, in the course of the investigation it will be done, but generally at the outset you get the documents so that you can have…

JORDAN: Don't you normally talk to the victims?

MUELLER: I do not know specifically…

JORDAN: In your extensive record in history and investigative work, don't you typically talk to the victims? It’s a criminal investigation. Don’t you typically talk to the victims?

MUELLER: Absolutely. I'm sure it will the happen.

JORDAN: So did the FBI contact any of these same victims? Were they contacted by the FBI prior to the investigation when the same groups were applying for tax exempt status? Did the FBI pay some individuals a visit?

MUELLER: I do not know.

JORDAN: Pardon.

MUELLER: I do not know.

JORDAN: You don't know? Some testified they were paid a visit by the FBI. Specifically, Katherine Inglebrack in Texas [who was head of True the Vote] said she was visited by the FBI. Is that true or not?

MUELLER: Do not know.

JORDAN: Do not know. Okay. If the FBI did contact people involved in the IRS scandal, victims, groups prior to the investigation when they were applying for tax exempt status, why was that the case? Why would you be looking into it, and was there possibly coordination with the IRS in why you targeted them?

MUELLER: You are asking me details about the investigation. I would be happy…

JORDAN: I’m not asking details about the investigation. I'm saying why were people targeted before the investigation started? Why were they contacted by the FBI, people who were now part of the Tea Party groups, targeted by the IRS?

MUELLER: You're asking question at about details of the investigation. I'd be happy…

JORDAN: That is not a detail about the investigation. That took place prior to the investigation.

MUELLER: May I please finish? You are asking detailed questions about the investigation. I would be happy to answer those questions that I can, understanding it is an ongoing investigation.

JORDAN: I'm asking basic questions about the investigation, like who is heading it up, and you can't tell me that.

“This is out of control,” Glenn said. “These are the people in charge of keeping you and your children safe. You have given them extraordinary power, extraordinary power. You have given them extraordinary ability. You have given them assets that have cost us billions of dollars. You have doubled their roles. You have created an entirely new system never before seen in the history of the world.”

“This is the director of the FBI, and you don't know who is the lead investigator in the biggest investigation going on right now,” Pat asked. “Like the Congressman said, this is the biggest thing in America the last month and add half.”

Watch the entire exchange here:

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.