Yesterday, the newest member of our embattled President’s legal team, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced that the Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation would be over by September 1st, ostensibly to prevent any “interference” in the upcoming midterm elections in November.
His pronouncement caused quite a stir in Washington, with many wondering how on earth he could possibly know this. To make matters worse, for some mind-boggling reason, the media decided to simply take him at his word, reporting it as if it was a fact and not just something Giuliani may or may not have concocted on the spot.
Breaking News: Robert Mueller plans to finish by Sept. 1 investigating whether President Trump tried to obstruct the Russia inquiry, Rudolph Giuliani said https://t.co/uyXQ2cKBig
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 20, 2018
Of course, it turns out that everyone’s first instinct – he’s lying – turned out to be the correct one.
Reuters is reporting that a source familiar with the probe declared that the Sept 1st deadline was “entirely made-up” and nothing but “another apparent effort to pressure the special counsel to hasten the end of his work.”
The source’s assessment quickly gained a tinge of sarcasm as they went on to reassure the nation that Special Counsel Mueller will be done when he is done – and not one second earlier.
“He’ll wrap it up when he thinks he’s turned over every rock, and when that is will depend on how cooperative witnesses, persons of interest and maybe even some targets are, if any of those emerge, and on what new evidence he finds, not on some arbitrary, first-of-the-month deadline one of the president’s attorneys cooks up.”
While at this point it’s not much of a surprise, it still is galling to see the president’s attorneys lying so flagrantly to the American people in his efforts to derail and discredit a federal investigation into potentially treasonous allegations of collusion with a foreign power in order to change the outcome of a democratic election.