'The Swamp' takes us to the Mueller hearings, Trump's impeachment
And yet during the Robert Mueller hearings - the filmmakers' timing was good, incorporating both the hearings and Trump's impeachment - Massie acknowledges that he read only about 20% of Mueller's report. "I read enough of it to decide it didn't matter," he said.
Gaetz for his part put on a show at the hearings, one that his boss noticed and appreciated. We see him calling Trump afterward, beaming as Trump praises him.
"He's very happy," Gaetz said as he hangs up, grinning ear to ear, the current session of the mutual-appreciation society having ended for now.
The conscience of the film is Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor and reform advocate. He pops in every now and then to remind us that talking about changes is one thing. Making them is something different.
"What's so tragic about Donald Trump is there was an opportunity for him to change the status quo," Lessig said. "But he was never interested in doing it."
The subjects of "The Swamp" do seem interested, at least. The trick is getting them, and the rest of Congress, to do something about it.
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