Mueller spokesman flatly denies bombshell Michael Wolff claim that special counsel drew an obstruction indictment against Trump
Michael Wolff, author of the 2018 book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” is alleging that special counsel Robert Mueller drew up a three-count obstruction of justice indictment against President Donald Trump during his Russia investigation but decided against going forward with the indictment. However, Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, is flatly denying Wolff’s allegation.
Wolff, in an author’s note, asserts that his allegation is “based on internal documents given to me by sources close to the Office of the Special Counsel.” But Carr told the Guardian, “The documents that you’ve described do not exist.”
Wolff’s allegation is included in his new book, “Siege: Trump Under Fire,” due out June 4. The book is a sequel to “Fire and Fury,” which detailed the chaotic nature of Trump’s presidency and preceded Bob Woodward’s book “Fear: Trump in the White House.” The Guardian obtained a copy of “Siege” and reviewed the documents in question.
“Siege” was published at a time when Mueller’s Russia investigation was still going strong and the special counsel was a year away from delivering his final report, which Attorney General William Barr received on March 22 and released in redacted form on April 18. In the report, Mueller concluded that the 2016 Trump campaign’s communications with Russians—although questionable—did not rise to the level of a full-fledged criminal conspiracy.
Trump has been describing Mueller’s report as a total vindication of him, but the report did not totally rule out the possibility of obstruction of justice. Rather, Mueller did not reach a conclusion on obstruction and allowed others to examine the evidence his report presented.
The title “Fire and Fury” is based on Trump’s statements on North Korea. In 2017, Trump had a much more threatening tone with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un—who he mockingly called “Little Rocket Man”—and warned that any actions taken against the U.S. would be met with a response of “fire and fury.” Since then, however, Trump has had much better relations with Jong Un, and he recently asserted that he believes North Korea has tremendous potential.
Charles Harder, one of Trump’s attorneys, unsuccessfully tried to stop the release of “Fire and Fury.” And after its January 2018 release, “Fire and Fury” was vehemently attacked by Trump as well as White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders—who called it “trashy tabloid fiction.”
Since the release of Mueller’s report, Democrats in the House of Representatives have been evaluating it for possible obstruction of justice on Trump’s part. But House Democrats remain deeply divided on whether or not they should, based on the evidence in Mueller’s report, pursue impeachment. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has maintained her opposition to impeachment.