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Just as multiple reports and a growing consensus in the media coalesced around the idea that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would be arriving quite soon, likely even next week, a wave of reports Friday emerged to contradict this view. It said that sources in the Justice Department now believe otherwise — Mueller’s report is definitely not coming next week.

“A DOJ official says that Mueller’s final report will NOT be delivered to the Justice Department today or anytime next week,” said Mike Levine of ABC News.

The Washington Post’s Devlin Barret confirmed: “Mueller’s report will not be delivered next week.”

CNN’s Laura Jarrett concurred.

It’s not clear if this is a change of plans or if initial reports were mistaken. One important thing to note about such reporting is that, while reporters are usually working in good faith and trying to relay what they believe is the best information, sources within the Justice Department and elsewhere have their own reasons for giving reporters the information they do. They’re affected by their own mistaken assumptions, biases, and agendas.

The other important thing to note about the Mueller investigation: We don’t really know anything for sure until it happens.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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The baseless claim that the FBI may have planted evidence while carrying out a court-approved search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday has surged through right-wing media, as the former president’s allies continue their effort to turn their audiences against the probe and shield Trump from accountability.

The FBI searched the premises after obtaining a warrant from a federal magistrate judge and “removed a number of boxes of documents” as part of a federal investigation into whether Trump had illegally “taken a trove of material with him to his home at Mar-a-Lago when he left the White House that included sensitive documents – and then, in the Justice Department’s view, had failed to fully comply with requests that he return the disputed material,” the New York Times reported. Politico concluded after consulting with legal experts on the handling of classified documents that “it’s highly unlikely the DOJ would have pursued – and a judge would have granted – such a politically explosive search warrant without extraordinary evidence.”

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