One member of the mainstream media is now taking it upon herself to predict the emergence of gossip.
According to the Washington Examiner, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace told her viewers to be on the lookout in the near future for rumors that Attorney General Bill Barr almost resigned because of President Donald Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s prison sentence.
Get ready for some rumors
Wallace, who at one time was the White House communications director during the George W. Bush Administration, cited as support for this claim a person she says was “enlisted” to talk the president out of going through with the Stone clemency.
“There will be rumors in the coming days that William Barr almost resigned over this,” Wallace said.
Another bit of scuttlebutt we should anticipate in the coming days, according to Wallace, is that White House counsel Pat Cipollone, whom you may remember from the impeachment trial, was also “deeply troubled” by Trump’s decision.
Wallace said that these rumors “may be true, but no one will leave” the administration.
“Remember their names: Pat Cipollone and Bill Barr,” Wallace said, according to the Examiner. “They will not resign. And if they do, I will come on the air and apologize to both of them. But I bet my last dollar that no one will resign. They will all look the other way.”
Wallace’s supposed inside information comes just after President Trump on Friday commuted the prison sentence of longtime political operative Roger Stone.
As the result of an investigation stemming from the Russia collusion hoax, Stone was facing 40 months in prison, having been convicted on seven criminal counts of obstruction, witness tampering, and making false statements to Congress.
President Trump has stated his belief that Stone was treated “unfairly” on numerous occasions. On Saturday morning, for example, just after granting Stone clemency the previous night, Trump tweeted:
Roger Stone was targeted by an illegal Witch Hunt that never should have taken place,” the president tweeted the morning after making the decision in Stone’s case. “It is the other side that are criminals, including Biden and Obama, who spied on my campaign — AND GOT CAUGHT!
Over the weekend, rumors did emerge that Barr had told Trump that he was against the commutation of Stone’s sentence. Whether or not this is true remains unclear, but, so far, no rumors about Barr having contemplated resignation have surfaced.
We’ll have to see if Wallace is right, and these rumors do eventually surface, or whether she is just a bit of a rumor-monger herself.