Robert Mueller is through, his job done, the US Special Investigator has delivered after conscientious evidence collection his report to the Ministry of Justice.
The Special Investigator and his team should answer how far the Russian influence attempts on the 2016 election went. Above all: Has the then candidate Donald Trump or his environment doing common cause with the Kremlin? Added to this was the equally important question of a possible judicial obstruction by the President, such as the dismissal of the former FBI chief James Comey, under which the first investigations had begun.
Finally, it could also clarify whether and if so, what Mueller against Trump in person has. At least the opponents of the US president hope that next to unquestionably questionable connections and business relations, obvious disabilities and all the unpunished attacks on democracy and the rule of law, something substantial is on the table – something that has consequences.
Everyone will have to exercise some patience. Justice Secretary William Barr has announced that he will publicize as much of Mueller's findings as possible. Many MPs and senators in Washington have requested that the full report be published. And even Trump, who is investigating "the worst harassment of a US president in history," does not seem to want to hold him back, as he's feared many times, "Let people see the report if they can want." Which way the document will take, who will see how much of it and when, is far from being settled.
in the Ministry of Justice at least many blackening events should be made prior to possible publication, and for reasons of national security, sensitive details of the Russia investigation could be lawfully closed off. However, Barr has also left open the option of summing up the report for Congress only, possibly this weekend. What further content he then passes, he wants to check now. The White House, too, wants to see the results before they are released – though it's unclear if Barr will get involved. In any case, a political struggle will break out on the document, possibly a legal one as well. Trump even promised a separate report in response to Mueller.
Expectations could not be bigger. Mueller's silence beyond court records has fueled speculation such as doubt over the past few months. Every sentence was taken by observers as an indication of where it would go, or that the investigation would lead nowhere – always measured by the largest possible fall height that they could bring Trump to fall. Therefore, now is the right time to record: even if the collected evidence should not be used as a template for impeachment proceedings against the President, the investigation was anything but wasted effort.
They have already triggered numerous charges and convictions. More will follow, as some lawsuits are still ongoing, and on the basis of Mueller's work a number of public prosecutor's offices have entered the criminal investigation of the various suspicious facts. Even if Mueller does not recommend any additional charges, that's for sure, in Trump's most intimate environment there were actors who did not take many things seriously: taxes or other payments, the disclosure of foreign interests, the truth. It is real crimes that have jailed Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort or his former lawyer and problem solver Michael Cohen – no baseless and purely politically motivated "witch hunt" of bad losers who would rather have seen Hillary Clinton in the White House.
Charges and judgments speak for themselves. But they only describe parts of the complete picture, covering only criminally relevant events – actually legally prosecuted crimes, if you will. Mueller's report on the entire investigation can do more: he explains the basis on which some facts have been brought to justice and, more importantly, why in other cases it was not enough or was ruled out. In addition, Mueller acted from the beginning with a double mission: clarification of the Russian manipulation attempts of the election of 2016 and just investigation of crimes in this context and beyond. His report can therefore reveal all strands and thus also give the necessary contours to a gray area, which determines the political dealings with Donald Trump. Mueller must weigh this against the interest of merely suspects: Where it is not enough for an indictment, the investigators usually give little to protect their protection – in the case of the President could still outweigh the public interest.
Trump himself has always only the binary statement "conspiracy
or not "interested – countless times he has in Twitter uppercase
his attitude into the public screamed: "NO COLLUSION". And with
fully justified, because even if Mueller already a variety of serious
Crime has revealed: None of the indictments, none of them
Confessions or other court documents provided evidence
for the big plot, the Trump together with the Kremlin against the USA
and should have driven their citizens forward.
The President would be accused in the office of the ruling
Legal assessment of the Ministry of Justice not, Mueller is likely
stick to it. And Trump knows the threshold for a
Impeachment is unlikely high: Without doubt
Evidence of his willing participation in a far-reaching
Russia conspiracy or serious crimes would have impeachment
no chance. The Republicans with their majority in the Senate, you have
Dealing with this president shown in the past two years
will cling to him as long as it is somehow justifiable –
and for this party much seems justifiable in these days.
If there is evidence of Trump's crime, Mueller has now delivered her.
If the big personal crime did not take place, he will
Perhaps to say little about the President in his report
to have. Because his mission is not political. James Comey, With which
Dismissal as FBI chief Trump hoped "this Russia thing"
got rid of in the New York Times made it clear what it is
goes: He is not important to what conclusion the special investigator
in relation to Trump – conspiracy, disability or just not: "Me
The only thing that interests them is that the work is done, well and completely. "This also includes the transparency of the findings, it would simply be the demonstration that the independent judiciary in the US still works – whether you like the result or not.