Critics of former President Donald Trump are still focused on the widely debunked claims that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia.
Two years after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report found no such evidence, the Department of Justice now claims to have a possible smoking gun in an “alternative” version of that report, which it plans to release in the near future.
“Omitted from the original version”
Attorney Andrew Weismann, an ally of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, reportedly kept the report but it was never released. According to the Washington Examiner, he mentioned its existence in a book that described Mueller’s investigation as incomplete.
In a court filing on Friday, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams of the Southern District of New York affirmed that the Justice Department “has located” the report and plans to make it public.
The New York Times filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in July demanding its release.
At that time, the news outlet claimed the document is of “immense public interest” and may contain “important facts or findings omitted from the original version.”
While plenty of critics argue that the Mueller probe did not go far enough, it did span roughly half of Trump’s term in the White House and cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
Mainstream media teases new information
Subsequent allegations have linked the Clinton campaign and FBI officials tasked with spying on Trump insiders in an apparent effort to discredit the Trump administration and the outcome of the 2016 election.
Even after Trump was effectively exonerated, however, many mainstream media sources refuse to admit their reports were wrong, instead opting to double down on the initial claims of Russian collusion.
For its part, The New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage and has followed up with a recent article claiming that the disputed claims in a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele were merely “tangential” to the overarching collusion story.
Now, the influential newspaper is focused on finding an “alternative” version of the Mueller report in its latest bid to find the supposed collusion that has thus far eluded everyone looking for it.
It is no wonder Trump so frequently referred to the investigation as a “witch hunt.”