As pressure mounts on Mueller to put up or shut up, his office is indicating that they will put out a report after the midterm elections, explaining where they are at with the Russia collusion probe and obstruction of justice by President Trump.
This could be a short report if it’s honest. But, I think they will add a lot of innuendoes, in order to keep the investigation going. Or maybe not. The goal of the investigation was to carry it beyond the midterm elections, hoping against hope that it could tip the election for the Democrats. They might figure they cannot extend it to the 2020 elections, so why bother?
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.
That doesn’t necessarily mean Mueller’s findings would be made public if he doesn’t secure unsealed indictments. The regulations governing Mueller’s probe stipulate that he can present his findings only to his boss, who is currently Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The regulations give a special counsel’s supervisor some discretion in deciding what is relayed to Congress and what is publicly released.
The question of timing is critical. Mueller’s work won’t be concluded ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections, when Democrats hope to take control of the House and end Trump’s one-party hold on Washington.
We’ll see what Mueller comes up with and what Rosenstein actually lets anyone see. My guess is not much.