New Book Claims Mueller Had Drafted Obstruction Charges Against Trump; Special Counsel Denies


The following is via Fox News:

Controversial author Michael Wolff’s upcoming book, “Siege: Trump Under Fire,” reportedly claims that Robert Mueller drew up an obstruction of justice indictment against President Trump – but a spokesman for Mueller says the claim is wildly inaccurate.

Now “Siege” already has something in common with its predecessor “Fire and Fury,” the 2018 best-selling book about the first year of Trump’s presidency, which came under fire both for its sourcing and claims.

Wolff’s follow-up anti-Trump book is scheduled to hit book stores on June 4 but The Guardian obtained an early copy. “Siege” claims that Mueller “drew up a three-count obstruction of justice indictment against Donald Trump before deciding to shelve it,” according to The Guardian’s Edward Helmore.

According to Helmore, Wolff reports that Mueller’s office planned to charge the president with “influencing, obstructing or impeding a pending proceeding,” “tampering with a witness, victim or informant” and “retaliating against a witness, victim or informant” but eventually decided to “shelve” it. While The Guardian reporter says he viewed the document, Mueller’s office denies that it even exists.

“The documents described do not exist,” Mueller spokesman Peter Carr told Fox News.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday spoke out for the first time and explained why his report did not make a traditional prosecutorial judgment on the obstruction investigation and did not try to determine whether or not the president committed a crime, so documents claiming otherwise are presumably fabrications.

“Questions over the provenance of the documents will only add to controversy and debate around the launch of Wolff’s eagerly awaited new book,” Helmore wrote. “The document is the most significant aspect of Wolff’s new book.”

Wolff’s first book “Fire and Fury” ignited a media firestorm as it included negative claims about the president and his family — namely that some in the administration questioned his mental fitness. At the time, both Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders blasted the book, describing it as a “complete fantasy” and “work of fiction.”

Source: Fox News