Special Counsel Robert Mueller caught everyone off guard last week when he issued a statement asserting that the BuzzFeed bombshell report contained inaccuracies. Mueller and his team did not call the report fake or completely false, but simply noted that it wasn’t 100% accurate.
Trump and his right-wing loyalist claim Mueller’s report a victory against the ‘fake news’ media, but that’s not at all what happened. Mueller’s office simply stated: “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the special counsel’s office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.”
House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff is now sharing why he thinks Mueller took this step.
The BuzzFeed article created a national wave of chatter, creating a buzz of suggestions that the impeachment process against Donald Trump should begin immediately. The way the House Dems were talking, it did sound like they were ready to hit the ground running early in the week. However, Robert Mueller’s statement said that some details of the article were inaccurate and now the House Dems have decided to pull back for a minute and give Mueller a chance to explain.
If the House Dems were to file articles of impeachment based on this news article, Trump could have fought back fairly easily. Mueller spoke up to prevent them from jumping the gun. He wants to make sure the entire case is a slam dunk before they move forward.
Even Adam Schiff agrees that this is what Mueller was doing. He appeared on Face The Nation on CBS over the weekend and confirmed it. While we don’t know if he received confirmation from Mueller himself, we do know he’s close enough to know what he is talking about. It’s possible that this is just Schiff’s opinion of what Mueller was doing, even so, we agree.
Below is a partial transcript from Meet the Press…
MARGARET BRENNAN: How do you interpret the special counsel’s statement that seemed to challenge some of the reporting in BuzzFeed that the president directed his attorney to lie to Congress about some business dealings in Russia?
ADAM SCHIFF: Well I assume that this was prompted by the reaction to that BuzzFeed report. But also it may have to do with the special counsel’s wanting to be able to use Michael Cohen as a witness in further prosecutions and wanted to make sure that the public didn’t have a perception that he was saying more than he was saying at least to the special counsel. But, Margaret, I think we need to pay particular attention to what we do know from the special counsel that was not included in this statement yesterday. What we do know from the special counsel is that Michael Cohen has shared information about core matters of the Russian investigation that he learned from people associated with the Trump Organization, the business organization. We also know from the special counsel that he has shared information about his communications with people associated with the White House during 2017 and 2018. Now is that period during 2017 and 2018 that Michael Cohen was making false statements publicly and to Congress and initially the special counsel about the Trump Tower deal. So there is a lot more to learn and–
MARGARET BRENNAN: Are you still going to investigate the claims?
ADAM SCHIFF: Absolutely, absolutely. Congress has as a- has a fundamental interest in two things first in getting to the bottom of why a witness came before us and lied and who else was knowledgeable that this was a lie.
MARGARET BRENNAN: And you will be asking questions of Michael Cohen?
ADAM SCHIFF: Yes we’ve–
MARGARET BRENNAN: He’ll be appearing before your committee?
ADAM SCHIFF: –given Michael Cohen a date that we’d like him to come in either voluntarily or if necessary by subpoena. But the- the other reason why we have to get to the bottom of this is Bill Barr testified last week that he would not commit to following the advice of ethics lawyers if they urged him to recuse himself and he would not commit to making the Mueller report public. Now either one of those ought to be reasons not to confirm him, but the combination of both should be completely disqualifying.