A bombshell hit today in the Trump-Russia scandal – Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury that is already issuing subpoenas for evidence in the case. So, as is standard, the White House issued a response to this revelation, and there’s something just a little bit…off…with it.
The Wall Street Journal, which first published the story earlier today, quoted Trump’s outside counsel, Ty Cobb, on the whole thing. That read:
Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, said he wasn’t aware that Mr. Mueller had started using a new grand jury. ‘Grand jury matters are typically secret,’ Mr. Cobb said. ‘The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly…The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”
The statement that Sarah Huckabee Sanders put out on this said:
Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, said he wasn’t aware that Mr. Mueller had started using a new grand jury. ‘Grand jury matters are typically secret,’ Mr. Cobb said. ‘The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly…The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.’ Former FBI Director Jim Comey said three times the President is not under investigation and we have no reason to believe that has changed.”
Really? Did Melania’s speechwriter write that? They’re identical except for the sentence about Jim Comey, which didn’t appear in the WSJ’s story. Check out the comparison below:
The White House issued a statement that is word for word what is written in the Wall Street Journal piece. pic.twitter.com/6oWvkEIApm
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) August 3, 2017
As Mediaite pointed out, it seems that they wanted to hammer home the point Cobb was making as hard as they could. They’re desperate for this to look like they’re cooperating, because the appearance of cooperation suggests nobody there has anything to hide.
In fact, it’s extremely likely just the opposite is true. Otherwise, why would they have worked with Fox News to concoct a fake story about Seth Rich, according to the private investigator who was working on solving his murder? Wheeler, the investigator in question, alleges that the White House and Fox News worked on the Seth Rich story as a way to distract from the growing body of evidence showing that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the election.
And none of that even touches on Trump’s insistence that investigators need to look into both Hillary Clinton and the DNC, rather than him.
There’s the growing threat that Trump will try and fire Mueller, too. Again, if he were innocent, he’d be enthusiastically supporting Mueller’s work and hoping nobody else decided to fire him since the investigation would prove him innocent. But that’s not what’s happening, and the administration is desperate for anything that makes them look innocent. That seems to include copying, verbatim, quotes from a news story to emphasize his non-existent desire to see this investigation through.
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