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A bright orange fireball

On May 29, 2019 "Arnav Gupta, of Bethesda, Md., erupted into a bright orange fireball at the Ellipse, a tourist-filled 52-acre public park that sits north of the Washington Monument, around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday." This occurred approximately one hour after Special Counsel Robert Mueller erupted into a bright orange fireball at a hastily convened press conference where the Preppy, war hero, lawyer, G-man and former FBI boss petulantly threw his report in the air and slammed the back door on his way out saying, "Now, I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself. No one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter... the report is my testimony." Sadly for Mr. Mueller there were no park police present to "put him out", so to speak, with fire extinguishers so America just had to sit back and watch him (and his supporters in the #FakeNews) burn baby, burn.

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