Author Michael Wolff’s new book is already causing controversy over an explosive claim being denied by a spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller.
In his upcoming book, “Siege: Trump Under Fire,” Wolff makes the claim that Mueller ultimately decided against moving ahead with a three-count obstruction of justice indictment against President Donald Trump, reportedly shelving the document which Mueller’s spokesman, Peter Carr, denies even exists.
“The documents that you’ve described do not exist,” Carr told the Guardian which claims to have viewed them as well as an advanced copy of the book which is due out June 4..
Wolff claimed in the author’s note that his findings on the Mueller investigation are “based on internal documents given to me by sources close to the Office of the Special Counsel” and that the outline of the indictments sat on Mueller’s desk for nearly a year.
According to the Guardian:
According to a document seen by the Guardian, the first count, under Title 18, United States code, Section 1505, charged the president with corruptly – or by threats of force or threatening communication – influencing, obstructing or impeding a pending proceeding before a department or agency of the United States.
The second count, under section 1512, charged the president with tampering with a witness, victim or informant.
The third count, under section 1513, charged the president with retaliating against a witness, victim or informant.
Wolff claimed that Mueller found Trump went to “extraordinary lengths… to protect himself from legal scrutiny and accountability, and to undermine the official panels investigating his actions.”
The draft indictment Wolff claimed to have examined also apparently revealed that the Trump’s obstruction “began on the seventh day of his administration,” but, in the end, Mueller deferred the obstruction question to Attorney General William Barr, who did not follow through with a case against Trump.
“Bob Mueller threw up his hands. Surprisingly, he found himself in agreement with the greater White House: Donald Trump was the president, and, for better or for worse, what you saw was what you got—and what the country voted for,” Wolff wrote.
The Guardian noted that the document, which Carr denies even existed is “the most significant aspect of Wolff’s new book.”
“Robert Mueller, the stoic marine, had revealed himself over the course of the nearly two-year investigation to his colleagues and staff to be quite a Hamlet figure. Or, less dramatically, a cautious and indecisive bureaucrat,” Wolff wrote, noting that the special counsel wanted to use the authority that he wasn’t sure he ultimately had.
Wolff’s claims, along with the flat denial by Mueller’s spokesman, sets up “Siege” for the same scrutiny, and controversy, Wolff’s 2018 best-selling book, “Fire and Fury” sparked as factual errors and questions over sourcing were raised.
It seems his sequel is already creating a stir and many have already poured cold water on his claims.
Proceed with extreme caution on this one. The idea of Mueller getting a “draft indictment” doesn’t make much sense, the documents as described in this article don’t actually sound like a draft indictment, and even fragments of quoted language doesn’t sound like a DOJ legal memo. https://t.co/x2tBuJGDoF
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) May 28, 2019
It’s plausible the Special Counsel’s office has some independent written product on whether president can be indicted (Ken Starr did) and it’s possible there are memos on strongest obstruction arguments. But that’s lightyears away from “draft indictments” that are “shelved.”
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) May 28, 2019
A crucial phrase: “according to Michael Wolff.” https://t.co/EbZ5oTsEkK
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) May 28, 2019
Another fiction novel to milk people with TDS that will buy anything anti-Trump to get their fix. Facts need not apply.
— KevinsRantRoom (@KevinsRant) May 28, 2019
MORE BLATANT FICTION FROM LIAR MICHAEL WOLFF TO SELL BOOKS – Mueller drew up obstruction indictment against Trump, Michael Wolff book claims | US news | The Guardian https://t.co/jvQIWSps1X
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) May 28, 2019
This is funny. There is no way that author, Michael Wolff would have ever been privy to such docs, even if they did exist, which they don’t. ?
— Cupcake ♡ (@CupcakeSuz) May 28, 2019
— The Thinking Voter (@AbieRubin) May 28, 2019
Wolff caught in another lie? How many? Who can count that high? With his book, he laughed all the way to the bank, taking advantage of gullible dolt who wanted to believe ANYTHING that was antiTrump.
— decano23 (@cuinmass451) May 28, 2019
New book from Wolff with new false info? Shocking.
— JohnnyG (@realJohnGoeller) May 28, 2019
— BodiazRising ? (@BodiazRising) May 28, 2019
It’s one thing I will give Mueller credit for. When some “journalist” makes up total BS, Mueller has swatted it down almost every time.
— FranticHamster28 (@FHamster28) May 28, 2019
Never let the truth get in the way of selling a book.
— greg (@gafr60) May 28, 2019
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