An Amazon representative confirmed that both listings are authentic and directed The Epoch Times to the two publishers: Simon and Schuster, and Skyhorse.
“Don’t have a statement, but these are authentic,” the representative wrote in an email.
“The Mueller Report: The Final Report of the Special Counsel Into Donald Trump, Russia, and Collusion” is available for preorder in paperback with an option for free two-day delivery via Amazon Prime. The book includes an introduction by constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz. The front cover notes that the document will appear “as issued by the Department of Justice.” Special counsel Robert Mueller is listed as the author of the book.
“There has never been a more important political investigation than that of Robert S. Muller III’s into President Donald Trump’s possible collusion with Russia, now introduced by constitutional scholar and New York Times bestselling author Alan Dershowitz,” the product description states.
Dershowitz told The Epoch Times that the March 26 date is “merely a placeholder.”
“I’ve written several introductions for this publisher,” Dershowitz wrote in an email. “I’ve agreed to write one if and when the Mueller Report is made public. I wrote an intro to the Starr report back then.”
Another version of the report is offered “with related materials by The Washington Post.” The newspaper is listed as the author of the book. According to the listing, the book includes an introduction and commentary by reporters Rosalind Helderman and Matt Zapotosky.
“The only book with exclusive analysis by the Pulitzer Prize-winning staff of The Washington Post, and the most complete and authoritative available,” the product description states. “Read the findings of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, complete with accompanying analysis by the Post reporters who’ve covered the story from the beginning.”
Mueller’s office hasn’t announced a date for the release of its final report, and it’s unclear how much of the document will be made public.
The spokesman for Mueller’s office, Peter Carr, didn’t provide a comment on the listings, and referred The Epoch Times to two paragraphs that govern the reporting requirements of special counsel investigations.
“At the conclusion of the special counsel’s work, he or she shall provide the attorney general with a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the special counsel,” the first section states.
The second section indicates that the attorney general would determine whether to release the final report to the public. The Justice Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mueller has been investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia since May 2017. The special counsel hasn’t charged any person with collusion or accused any U.S. citizen of coordinating with Russia.
In January, then-acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Congress that Mueller’s investigation was almost complete. Whitaker left the department March 2. The Senate confirmed William Barr as the attorney general Feb. 14.
It’s unclear if either of the books will actually include the Mueller report, since the special counsel isn’t obliged to make the findings of his investigation public. Parallel investigations by the House and Senate intelligence committees have both concluded that there is no evidence that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Trump has always denied the allegations and called Mueller’s probe a “witch hunt.”