Yesterday afternoon, several major news outlets reported that Robert Mueller subpoenaed Trump family financial records. Later in the day, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders unequivocally denied the story.
Without naming sources, Reuters announced that Mueller issued a subpoena for President Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner’s financial records from Deutsche Bank. The president has several loans with the institution that directly to pertain to his company’s real estate deals.
As news of the subpoena circulated, the White House issued a statement on the matter. “We confirmed that the news reports [that] the special counsel had subpoenaed financial records related to the president are completely false,” Sanders said at the press briefing.
Sanders went on to suggest this was another example of mainstream media trying to make the Russia story something it isn’t. “We know it hasn’t happened up until this point and that the reports out were totally false,” she said. “And again, the media got ahead of their skis a little bit, pushing and driving that story that wasn’t true.”
Suffice it to say, this has been a very bad week for the Trump-hating media. When Sanders said, “and again,” she was no doubt alluding to the fake Michael Flynn story from ABC. The network is under intense scrutiny for falsely claiming Flynn was going to offer testimony damaging to President Trump.
Making matters worse, ABC did not issue a correction until hours after the story went live. Not-so-investigative reporter Brian Ross, who started the rumor, made the correction on his show, World News Tonight. Following his program, ABC suspended Ross for one month, without pay.
Regardless, no matter how untrue the stories are, the intent behind them is clear. Left-leaning media, not to mention lawmakers and celebrities, want President Trump to fail.
The Washington Post has it all wrong when they say, “Democracy dies in the darkness.” It dies when lies and corruption become more profitable than integrity and the truth.