Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly planning to reveal key findings of his investigation after nearly 15 months of investigating Russian interference and potential collusion by members of the Trump campaign team.
While Mueller has yet to interview President Trump, he is eyeing a date soon after the November congressional elections to share his core findings.
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) October 17, 2018
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials.
Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry: whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice, according to one of the officials, who asked not to be identified speaking about the investigation.
Collusion and obstruction of justice are two major talking points of the Democrat Party who continue to call Trump “illegitimate” and say he should be impeached. Once Mueller reveals his verdict on both accounts, it will certainly shake up the political arena.
Besides announcing the two points of the investigation, Mueller’s ambiguity suggests he may continue the investigation for some time after the midterms. Mueller could also give answers concerning the 2016 presidential election like which Russian characters knowingly and willingly offered to help Trump win the 2016 election and which Russian entities supposedly launched a disparaging campaign into Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton.
After the midterms, Mueller is expected to submit findings on two key aspects of his Trump-Russia probe: whether there was collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign, and whether the president tried to obstruct justice. https://t.co/HzmL0FZPaC
— Tim O’Brien (@TimOBrien) October 17, 2018
According to Bloomberg, any information that Mueller chooses to release will be released exclusively to his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein would then be responsible for determining whether to release the information to Congress or to the public.
As Fox News reports, Trump has previously mentioned he could be making some changes to the leadership at the Justice Department, which could affect Rosenstein or Attorney General Jeff Sessions, or both:
Trump has recently floated the idea of replacing both Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, two men who hold positions that can influence the Mueller probe.
The president hasn’t yet spoken with Mueller concerning the potential collusion Russia. The Mueller team reportedly submitted written questions to the president, but the negotiations are still ongoing.
But it appears that the delivery of the findings won’t be the end of Mueller and the probe will continue in some form, according to Bloomberg.
President Trump would not say outright if Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ job is secure.https://t.co/pzjK1UheuM
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 17, 2018
Trump was asked during an interview with “60 Minutes” if he would promise not to end the Mueller investigation. While the president would not make any promises, he did say that he did not intend to end the investigation, the Hill reports.
“Well, I don’t pledge anything,” Trump said. “But I will tell you, I have no intention of doing that. I think it’s a very unfair investigation because there was no collusion of any kind.”Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.