It’s been more than sixteen hours since multiple major news outlets reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing to issue his final report about Donald Trump’s crimes as soon as next week. Even as the media and the public continue to debate whether this narrative is true, and whether hijinks may be involved, there’s no overlooking one thing in particular: Mueller still hasn’t said anything about it.
A few weeks back, after BuzzFeed published a report about Donald Trump and Michael Cohen, Robert Mueller quickly released a statement saying that not all the details of the story were correct. So while Mueller speaks rarely, he doesn’t hesitate to speak up when he feels it’s necessary to correct a crucial false narrative. If the news about Mueller filing his Trump report next week were false, or more importantly if new Attorney General William Barr were trying to force Mueller to end his investigation, we’d almost surely have heard from Mueller by now. Really, what would he have to lose by speaking up?
Keep in mind that, dating back to when Donald Trump first fired Jeff Sessions, it was clear that Trump was hoping to find a way to shut Robert Mueller’s investigation down. If what we’re seeing now is hijinks from Barr, it’s not as if Mueller didn’t see this coming and was caught off guard. Mueller would have had a statement ready to go, or he’d be carrying out Plan B, or something.
So it matters greatly that, the better part of a day after the news surfaced about Robert Mueller supposedly filing his Trump report next week, Mueller still hasn’t felt compelled to put out a statement to set the record straight about any aspect of what’s being reported. This suggests that, whatever is going on behind the scenes, Mueller is in control of it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report