Mueller Investigation Is Reportedly ‘Close To Completion,’ Here’s What It Could Mean

Following the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the FBI designated Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller was authorized to also investigate all things related to alleged collusion between the Trump administration and Russian entities.

According to a report from Daily Wire, “Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly ‘close to completion’ of his probe into whether President Trump obstructed justice, as The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump’s legal team is working with Mueller to wrap up the Russia collusion investigation.”

Bloomberg Politics adds, “[Mueller] may set it aside while he finishes other key parts of his probe, such as possible collusion and the hacking of Democrats, according to current and former U.S. officials.”

From the report:

The revelation is a peek into Mueller’s calculations as he proceeds with his many-headed probe, while pressure builds from the president’s advisers and other Republicans to show progress or wrap it up.

The obstruction portion of the probe could likely be completed after several key outstanding interviews, including with the president and his son, Donald Trump Jr. The president’s lawyers have been negotiating with Mueller’s team over such an encounter since late last year. But even if Trump testifies in the coming weeks, Mueller may make a strategic calculation to keep his findings on obstruction secret, according to the current and former U.S. officials, who discussed the strategy on condition of anonymity.

Any clear outcome of the obstruction inquiry could be used against Mueller: Filing charges against Trump or his family could prompt the president to take action to fire him. Publicly clearing Trump of obstruction charges — as the president’s lawyers have requested — could be used by his allies to build pressure for the broader investigation to be shut down.

Here’s more on a potential obstruction of justice case against the president:

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When it comes to the obstruction portion of the investigation, Mueller is said to be focused on three main episodes: Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey last May; the drafting of a misleading statement about the purpose of a June 2016 meeting between Don Jr., Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and a group of Russians at Trump Tower; and the disclosure that Trump considered firing Mueller last June.

Mueller’s team of FBI agents and prosecutors has already interviewed people who could provide firsthand knowledge of possible obstruction of justice, including Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers.

So far in the investigation, Bloomberg reports, Mueller has interviewed more than “four dozen White House and campaign aides and requested more than 1.4 million pages of documents, according to Trump’s lawyers.”

Trump has often called Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion a “witch hunt” and has vehemently denied it.

Most recently, Trump took to social media to discredit a report that he was upset with his legal team’s handling of the Mueller probe: