A journalist working for a major magazine has announced that Donald Trump Jr. expects to be indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
That’s where the plot thickens.
Nastasha Bertrand is a journalist working for The Atlantic. Bertrand was asked to appear on Real Time with Bill Maher, but it wasn’t till after the show that she let drop her most explosive bombshell.
In a online only segment that streamed on YouTube after Real Time, Bertrand alleged that Trump Jr. had been telling friends and family that he expected to be indicted.
The Washington Times described her version as follows:
I think that Don Jr. is probably in more immediate jeopardy,” said Ms. Bertrand. “He has been telling his friends and associates that he expects to be indicted, and he’s been saying that for the last couple months.
His accounts about the Trump Tower meeting in 2016, his accounts about Trump Tower in Moscow and how involved he was in that could put him in some legal jeopardy there,” added Ms. Bertrand. “And as we know, Mueller has shown no shyness about going after people for lying to Congress.
Trump hits back
If we’re talking about whether Donald Trump Jr. expects to be indicted, you’d think that the best source would be Jr. himself.
But when asked about Bertrand’s speculation, he disavowed the entire report through a spokesman.
The Washington Times reports:
“Unsurprisingly, every single thing that came out of Ms. Bertrand’s mouth last night regarding Don Jr. is 100% false,” a spokesman for Mr. Trump told The Times. “It’s sad to see another supposed ‘journalist’ regurgitate another reporter’s false-reporting without any actual effort to get the facts.”
This isn’t the first time that a major player in the establishment media has claimed to know Trump Jr’s mindset on indictment – Politico ran a similar story this fall.
The reality is that we can’t know Trump or Mueller’s ultimate thoughts about the possibility of indictment, so we have to believe their public statements until otherwise proven.
That’s a lesson that apparently the media finds it hard to learn.