Yesterday’s “big scoop” in the perpetual outrage machine that is the Trump-Russia investigation was that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had subpoenaed the bank records of President Donald Trump. Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal were among the media outlets who reported the claim as fact.
It turns out they were a little premature.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that both publications have issued corrections to their original headlines and subheads on the story.
“Trump’s Deutsche Bank records said to be subpoenaed by Mueller,” was Bloomberg’s original headline, later changed to the less-specific “Deutsche Bank Records Said to Be Subpoenaed by Mueller” following Trump attorney Jay Sekulow’s statement on the matter:
“We have confirmed that the news reports that the Special Counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the President are false,” Jay Sekulow said in a statement to NBC News. “No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources.”
Similarly, the Wall Street Journal’s headline changed from “Trump’s Deutsche Bank Records Subpoenaed by Mueller” to “Mueller Subpoenas Deutsche Bank Records Related to Trump.”
Still, while the original story that Trump himself has been targeted may have been false, it still seems to be the case that Mueller is hoping to dig up something in the records of people around Trump. As TFPP has previously reported, the number of partisan actors on his team gets more suspicious by the day, and despite yesterday’s mistake, the Wall Street Journal is absolutely right on the big picture of the Mueller probe:
The Washington Post and the New York Times reported Saturday that a lead FBI investigator on the Mueller probe, Peter Strzok, was demoted this summer after it was discovered he’d sent anti- Trump texts to a mistress. As troubling, Mr. Mueller and the Justice Department kept this information from House investigators, despite Intelligence Committee subpoenas that would have exposed those texts […] The news about Mr. Strzok leaked only when the Justice Department concluded it couldn’t hold out any longer, and the stories were full of spin that praised Mr. Mueller for acting “swiftly” to remove the agent. Only after these stories ran did Justice agree on Saturday to make Mr. Strzok available to the House […]
All of this reinforces our doubts about Mr. Mueller’s ability to conduct a fair and credible probe of the FBI’s considerable part in the Russia-Trump drama. Mr. Mueller ran the bureau for 12 years and is fast friends with Mr. Comey, whose firing by Mr. Trump triggered his appointment as special counsel. The reluctance to cooperate with a congressional inquiry compounds doubts related to this clear conflict of interest […]
The latest news supports our view that Mr. Mueller is too conflicted to investigate the FBI and should step down in favor of someone more credible. The investigation would surely continue, though perhaps with someone who doesn’t think his job includes protecting the FBI and Mr. Comey from answering questions about their role in the 2016 election.
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