For upwards of two years straight, the Internet has been full of rumors and speculation about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s undermining of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Kremlin to the Trump campaign.
The Spectator’s pseudonymous political column, Cockburn, on Friday published an explosive report that claims Mueller’s report has been completed and that Attorney General Bob Barr has ‘silently assented’ to the indictment of President Trump’s three children, Don junior, Ivanka and Eric, as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Several sources tell Cockburn that the Special Counsel has indeed completed his report. It is said to recommend indicting three of President Trump’s children – Don junior, Ivanka and Eric – as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The Attorney General, William Barr, is said to have ‘silently assented’ to this. It’s also claimed that Mueller wants President Trump himself to be indicted. Barr is said to oppose this. The two men met on Friday but apparently could not agree and this was the reason for the delay in any announcement from the DoJ. At least this is what the sources say.
So who are these sources? Joseph Heller mocked Washington’s – and journalism’s — culture of ‘sources’ in his novel Good as Gold.
‘I believe I got that information about you from a reliable unnamed source.’
‘I’ve been doing a lot of work here as an unnamed source,’ Gold answered with nervousness and haste, ‘so it may have come from me. No truth to it at all.’
None of Cockburn’s sources was ‘in the room’ – as they say in Washington – for the (alleged) discussions between Mueller and Barr and their two staffs. And none of the sources was briefed by the people ‘in the room’. But they did talk to the people briefed by the people in the room and – twice removed from the original conversations – they all give the same account. It is that the older Trump children and Jared will be indicted for financial crimes while Mueller wants to charge Trump with obstruction of justice. The charges, Cockburn is told now, will not be about ‘Russia collusion’.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) just came out against impeaching President Trump, which would make this report a bit bewildering.
According to the report, Mueller wants to hit Trump with an indictment but Barr opposes.
“The two men met on Friday but apparently could not agree and this was the reason for the delay in any announcement from the DoJ,” Cockburn wrote. “At least this is what the sources say.”
By law, Barr must submit a report to Congress listing any instance in which a Mueller request was denied by the DOJ. So, if Mueller had officially requested authorization to indict Trump and was denied, the attorney general must make that denial public.
The columnist had predicted — in a piece published earlier this week in The Spectator — that Mueller would submit his report in an official capacity on Friday, March 8. But that did not happen. Cockburn then went back to his sources to find out why his earlier prediction was wrong. That is when he was told by his sources that the report had been scheduled for a March 8 delivery, but the disagreement between Mueller and Barr over an indictment caused the announcement to be postponed.
According to Cockburn’s sources, Barr has approved, or at least not disapproved, several other bombshell recommendations in Mueller’s report — the indictments of three adult Trump children, as well as Trump’s son-in-law.
“It is said to recommend indicting three of President Trump’s children – Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric – as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner,” Cockburn wrote, adding that Barr has “silently assented” to the indictments of Trump’s family members.
One veteran of Washington politics told Cockburn that an ominous feeling has gripped Washington as it awaits the Mueller report.
“There is a strange silence around town,” the source said, according to The Spectator column. “Like the weird calm before a major hurricane.”