Word that Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, will finish his work by the end of February has moved beyond rumor. The probes’ findings will unleash a new political and legal fight when they are released, mainly based on who will be allowed to see them.
An NBC source predicts that the investigation, which has already yielded charges against 33 people, will wrap up by March.
CNN notes that one of those key areas of dispute likely will center on obstruction of justice allegations, which President Donald Trump’s legal team has considered off-limits because they argue it pertains to matters covered under executive privilege. The president’s lawyers have refused to respond to any questions on obstruction.
While Mueller is not expected to try to bring charges against the president, according to the cable network, investigators could try to weave into their report examples of how Trump used public statements to try to obstruct the investigation.
Date written/update: 2019-01-13