Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether or not Trump or someone near him “colluded” with Russia has finally drawn to a close – sort of. After wondering for months just how long this would take and what it would end up costing us – in both national unity and actual dollars – we can finally lay to rest about half of that question.
Mr. Mueller submitted his final report to the Justice Department for Attorney General Bill Barr to peruse Friday, March 22. Congress has been notified, of course, but that’s a far cry from a public viewing. AG Barr told lawmakers he might be able to provide them the special counsel’s principle conclusions as early as this weekend. Afterward, Barr, Congress, and the White House will debate how much of the actual report will be disclosed even to Congress – never mind the general public.
Former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel back in May of 2017 by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and it has been a wild ride since. We watched as the investigation ran off the rails, spiraling into a grab-fest of whoever and whatever Mueller could get his hands on. We saw it backfire on him with former FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, and we shook our heads and sighed when his own financial ties to Russia were exposed. We asked whether Trump could or should fire the special counsel and then wondered, when he gave Sessions the boot, if Mueller was next. We’ve been wondering when the Mueller report would be submitted for some time now. We had a hint that the time was drawing nigh back in October, when we discovered that he would hold the report until after the midterm elections. Since then, “when Mueller submits his report” had almost become the new “when pigs fly.”
So far, 34 people and three companies have been charged with crimes as result of this investigation – and exactly zero of them have led to any evidence, so far as we know, that Trump or anyone else in his campaign actually conspired with Russia to cheat in the 2016 presidential election. There’s no telling just what is in the actual report, of course, but you can bet that if there were still any hope of pinning a crime on Trump or someone close to him, the investigation would still be ongoing.
As for eventually discovering Mueller’s conclusions, we might never actually see the report unless AG Barr determines that the report should be made public, according to the rules of the special counsel. We should, however, eventually have a general sense of what Barr reports to Congress, though regardless of the outcome, Democrats are bound to try to spin whatever we do get against the president and the GOP in general.
Though we may not gain access to the full report or ever know how much taxpayer money was actually wasted on this witch hunt of an investigation, at least it has come to a close. Stay tuned to Liberty Nation for updates if and as they become available.
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