We finally have heard from Independent Counsel robert mueller…
…via a statement from his spokesperson.
And its timing – just days after a report from McClatchy DC claimed mueller was holding evidence to prove Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, made a secret trip to Prague last year to cozy up to emissaries from Vladimir Putin’s Russia – is more than a little interesting.
Says mueller – again, through his spokesperson:
“What I have been telling all reporters is that many stories about our investigation have been inaccurate. Be very cautious about any source that claims to have knowledge about our investigation and dig deep into what they claim before reporting on it. If another outlet reports something, don’t run with it unless you have your own sourcing to back it up.”
Why was that statement issued? What does it mean? What specific event, if any, prompted its issuance? Should we make anything of its proximity to the McClatchy DC claims?
And while we’re asking questions, here’s another one: why, after almost a year of intense investigating, has has he provided absolutely nothing to the country about any finding of anything?
We understood the reasons it took Ken Starr so long to investigate Bill Clinton: the Clinton people, with tacit approval from media – or, at any rate, little disapproval – fought the release of information to his investigative group tooth and nail every step of the way.
By contrast, the Trump administration has been entirely forthcoming on virtually all requests – something it gets no credit for from these same media; not even a passing positive comparison to what went on during the Clinton IC investigation.
If Starr had everything he needed when he asked for it, his investigation would have wrapped up far sooner. Mueller is getting everything he needs when he asks for it. So where is his wrap-up? When do we get at least a progress report?
In the immortal words of Clara Peller, the feistly, elderly woman in those Wendy’s ads from years ago, “Where’s the beef?”
Maybe, to paraphrase a current ad campaign from a different fast food chain, Arby’s, “They don’t have the meats”.