Bloomberg has brought to us, at long last, the glimmer of light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel. U.S. officials have revealed to the news outlet that Special Counsel Mueller is finally preparing to issue his findings on the “core aspects” of his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Bloomberg reports that the Special Counsel is “is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections” and that he 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.”
Sadly, we might not even get to see the results of the investigation. Bloomberg notes that “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.”
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Of course, there will be heavy pressure from Congressional Democrats and the public to release the results, and any effort to conceal them, or to fire the men overseeing the investigation will certainly be interpreted as an admission of guilt and would be grounds for impeachment for what will likely be a Democrat-controlled House.
President Trump and members of his campaign team have been accused of actively colluding with agents of the Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election, primarily through a quid-pro-quo exchange of Magnitsky Act sanctions relief (which they did not get) and a blind eye to Russian foreign policy ambitions and human rights violations (which they did get) for election interference in the form of an elaborate email hacking and electronic disinformation campaign.
President Trump is suspected of having obstructed justice in his desperate efforts to impede and stave off the investigation, his ego too sensitive to accept the possibility that perhaps he didn’t win the presidency by himself.
Another popular belief inspired by the infamous “pee tape” dossier compiled by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele is that the Russian Federation is blackmailing President Trump with secretly recorded footage of him carousing with Russian prostitutes and engaging in urine play during a 2013 trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant.
Mueller will wait until after the mid-term elections to present his findings, since Justice Department guidelines “say prosecutors should avoid any major steps close to an election that could be seen as influencing the outcome” — guidelines that former FBI director James Comey clearly ignored when he wrote his letter to Congress about reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server over some duplicates discovered on her aide’s laptop as part of an unrelated investigation into Anthony Weiner’s sexual misconduct scandal.
Since beginning his investigation, Special Counsel Mueller has indicted or gotten guilty pleas from 32 people and companies, including Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, and several campaign aides.
At the very least, he has proven that Trump’s entire team and the upper echelons of the Republican Party itself is corrupt to the core — and sooner rather than later, we will know exactly what happened during the 2016 election and finally answer the burning questions that have been torturing the American public for two long years now.