After many, many false starts, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally filed his report on whether or not the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election, according to a Justice Department spokesperson. The investigation, which concluded Friday, was also concerned with whether the president and his associates later obstructed efforts to investigate that possible coordination. Mueller was named special counsel in May of 2017, after President Trump abruptly fired former FBI director James Comey; he is also the “Mueller” so referenced on your mother’s “Mueller Time” mug.
The report isn’t public (and may never become public), but here’s some of what’s been reported so far, from the Washington Post:
The Justice Department notified Congress late Friday that it had received Mueller’s report but did not describe its contents. Barr is expected to summarize the findings for lawmakers in coming days.
The submission of Mueller’s report marks the culmination of his closely held inquiry, a case that has engulfed the Trump administration since its inception and led to multiple guilty pleas from former advisers to the president. With the closing of his investigation, Congress and the newly empowered Democratic House majority will soon assess his findings – and determine what steps to take next.
Life is full of anticlimaxes, and crime time continues. We’ll update this post as the story develops.