Saturday, March 03, 2018
There's a contagion of Washington coverage that isn't worthy of your time. The stories sound dramatic but tell you little, if anything.
Be smart: Jonathan Swan emails me: "The very important collective impact of this reporting is that it could make Trump more angry than ever about the probe."
See if you can spot the pattern:
"Source: Mueller looking into what Hicks knows." (CNN)
"Mueller asking if Trump knew about hacked Democratic emails before release." (NBC)
"Mueller asking about Trump's Russia business deals and Miss Universe pageant." (Newsweek)
"Mueller team asks about Trump's Russian business dealings as he weighed a run for president." (CNN)
"Mueller looking at Ivanka Trump's interaction with Russian lawyer at Trump Tower." (The Hill)
Why it doesn't matter: All we know is what yappy witnesses tell reporters they were asked about.
News flash: Mueller is looking at everything.
That's his job. When he was named, he was empowered/instructed to look into the "FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters." That there is a broad mandate.
This gives us literally zero insight into what the special counsel is actually doing and thinking.
These kernels aren't from Mueller's office: We've seen time and again (and again) that his office is one of Washington's few leak-free zones.
Yes, it looks bad. Based on conversations with White House insiders, I can tell you they're more bearish than ever about the outcome. But we're all guessing.
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