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DONE? AG Whitaker Says He Believes The Mueller Investigation Is 'Close To Being Completed'

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told reporters Monday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Russian government and Trump for President campaign colluded to impact the outcome of the 2016 presidential election is "close to being completed."

CNN reports that Whitaker has been "fully briefed" on Mueller's investigation and that he anticipates a swift end to the probe. Whitaker added that he will urge Mueller to "summarize his findings" in a simple report issued to Congress, which could eventually be made public. The official report will go directly to the Department of Justice.

Close observers seem to agree with Whitaker's assesment, though Mueller's probe has reportedly been in a "wrapping up" stage since late November of last year. CNN noted that campaign associate Roger Stone was "one of the last key campaign associates" to be investigated, and Stone was indicted last Friday. Cases against other Trump associates — including Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort — have already been adjudicated. Both Flynn and Manafort are headed towards sentencing.

Only one campaign associate — a close aide to Stone named Andrew Miller — remains to be interviewed. His lawyer is speaking to Mueller's team this week, according to CNN reporter Marshall Cohen.

Members of Mueller's team are also being reassigned to other operations. "Some of the investigation's prosecutors moved to different jobs outside of Mueller's office" and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was overseeing Mueller's operation, will leave his post next month.

While the White House likely celebrated news that Mueller's probe is wrapping up, Democrats were already mashing the panic button, concerned that Whitaker was unduly influencing Mueller's timeline, and that the parade of Mueller indictments may be coming to an end without a high-profile White House or Trump team arrest. Although plenty of associates have been caught in Mueller's web, the investigation has not snagged several of the Left's top targets, from Donald Trump, Jr., to the President himself.

Others speculated that Mueller could be planning follow-up investigations to "prove" that there was White House interference in the original probe.

Others — including federal lawmakers — publicly worried that Whitaker's announcement was, itself, compromising Mueller's investigation.

Members of Congress moved swiftly to make sure that Mueller's report will be available to the public, however, introducing bipartisan legislation Monday that would guarantee the report's release even if the special counsel "is fired or resigns."

The Hill reports that "Mueller, or another special counsel, would have to turn over the report within two weeks and must include all factual findings and underlying evidence." Congress would then compile a redacted, de-classified version of the report to make available to the public.

 
 
 

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