It was only a little more than a week ago that the Washington Post dropped their bombshell story alleging that while James Comey might have informed Donald Trump that he was not personally under investigation by the FBI…things had changed dramatically since Comey’s firing.
According to the Post, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was now personally investigating the president for obstruction of justice in relation to his firing of Comey and other matters relating to the Russia probe. Naturally, the mainstream media ran with the story as fast as they could, treating the WaPo story as the gospel truth. Even the president himself appeared to take the story at face value, telling the public several times on Twitter that he was under investigation and blasting the “witch hunt” that he perceived as unfolding in Washington.
But was the story even true?
The knives came out when one of Trump’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow, said Sunday that his client was in fact NOT under investigation.
“Let me be clear,” he said. “The president is not under investigation as James Comey stated in his testimony – that the president was not the target of investigation on three difference occasions. The president is not a subject or target of an investigation.”
So there was a round of mocking where all of Trump’s enemies said that this was another example of Kellyanne Conway’s “Alternative Facts.” The administration was lying, and Trump’s lawyers couldn’t even maintain the same truth as the president himself.
But then came an ABC News story later that day that appeared to suddenly confirm that Sekulow was right and the Washington Post story was wrong.
“Now, my sources are telling me he’s begun some preliminary planning,” said Pierre Thomas, an ABC justice correspondent. “Plans to talk to some people in the administration. But he’s not yet made that momentous decision to go for a full-scale investigation. Mueller faces a huge decision: Does he believe the president, who says there’s no wrongdoing here, or does he go after the president in the way James Comey wants him to do?”
So if Mueller is still making that decision, then Trump’s lawyer is right. There is no obstruction investigation, and the Washington Post was just raking up mud. More fake news to keep the subscription rates up and the tongues wagging. More biased, under-sourced “journalism” meant to keep the president’s agenda stuck and his poll numbers plummeting. And, like all “corrections” of this sort, you can bet that the majority of news watchers will only remember the initial story and not the actual facts that came later.