On Friday afternoon, the Justice Department confirmed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finished his “investigation” and has turned in his report on the non-existent “Russia collusion” between President Donald Trump and the Russian government.
But word has already leaked that Mueller did not recommend any further indictments of anyone Mueller looked at. That means all the hoped-for prosecutions of Trump, his sons, and the inner circle are not going to happen as a result of Mueller’s efforts.
On Friday, Attorney General William Barr released a letter to the ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees informing them that he “may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend,” Daily Wire reported.
From here, Barr will review the Mueller report to determine how much of the report will be released to the public.
Democrats, of course, want the entire report in total released to the public. But Barr will have to look it over to see if there is any information in the report that could unfairly (or even illegally) hurt people.
But thus far we already know that Mueller’s report proves that there was no “collusion” between trump and Russia.
How do we know that?
Because every federal investigation leads with its strongest indictments. And what Mueller led with were piffles about taxes and lobbying for incidents that had nothing at all to do with Russia. In fact, they didn’t even have anything to do with Trump.
The media’s last, most fervent hope that Mueller was gunna git Trump have proven false hopes.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the “next steps” are up to Barr and that the administration looks forward to the “process taking its course.”
The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course. The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 22, 2019
Thus far, the White House has not seen the report and will not get any sneak peek of it before Barr releases it.
Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow put out a statement: “We’re pleased that the Office of Special Counsel has delivered its report to the Attorney General pursuant to the regulations. Attorney General Barr will determine the appropriate next steps.”
Over the coming days we will find out more, but what we know already proves that this report is a major nothing burger and the hopes the left has invested in this is all misplaced.
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