Washington is full of blather, bombast and bullsh-t, but a line about Robert Mueller was the most important thing spoken or written there last week: “Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel’s office, declined to comment.” Since Mueller’s office never says anything outside court publicly, who knew he had a spokesman or needed one? The line was included in a Washington Post story that said Mueller told the White House that President Trump was not a target of the criminal investigation. The story could be a big deal — if true. But the report is nonetheless remarkable because it was the first leak in memory that carried good news for Trump. After breathless drip, drip, drip reports that had the president practically being frog-marched to a firing squad at dawn, the fever broke. Every dog has its day, and the Washington media decided this president’s day comes once every 15 months. True to form, news outlets immediately pivoted back to their regularly scheduled programming of stories saying Trump is in imminent danger. The New York Times and ABC declared that George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, though a stranger to readers, is now Mueller’s hottest witness. Enough. The violent swings of the leaky pendulum make this an excellent moment to call timeout on the Mueller probe. What does he have, where is he going and when is he going to get there? Those are basic questions that need to be answered. The American people deserve facts instead of waters muddied by partisanship, innuendo and special access to biased big-media companies. Mueller’s team includes some active Democrats, and whether they are behind the anti-Trump leaks is, for the moment, beside the point. The point is that the leaks are creating a reality all their own about the investigation and the president. It’s time to clear the air of rumor and speculation and put the facts on the record. It’s not as if the public has been impatient. Mueller was appointed in May of last year to pick up the FBI probe started in the summer of 2016. Although there have been indictments, nothing implicates Trump in wrongdoing.
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