Mueller finishes his report — and Americans brace for Trump's meltdown


It's only a matter of time before Trump starts raging.

On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller completed his two-year investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election to install Trump in the White House.

Mueller's report was delivered to Attorney General William Barr, who said he could brief the House Judiciary Committee on the principal conclusions of the report as soon as this weekend.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer immediately called for the report to be released to the public.

"Now that Special Counsel Mueller has submitted his report to the Attorney General, it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress," the Democratic leaders said in a joint statement. They added that "the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public."

A senior Justice Department official said that Mueller is not recommending any further indictments. That does not include the possibility of further indictments from other investigations, which are still ongoing, including in the Southern District of New York.

Prosecutors there have also been investigating many members of Trump's inner circle, and last week charged former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort with 16 additional crimes, on top of the crimes for which he was already tried and convicted in Mueller's investigation.

Over the past many months, Mueller has amassed a stellar track record for prosecutions. According to the New York Times, every person Mueller charged with a crime who is not awaiting a trial has pleaded guilty or been found guilty.

That includes several close Trump associates, including former campaign chair Paul Manafort; deputy campaign chair Rick Gates; his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn; campaign aide George Papadopoulos; and longtime lawyer and "fixer," Michael Cohen.

Including those within and outside Trump's orbit, the Mueller investigation charged at least 34 people and three companies with a variety of crimes.

Trump, who is once again spending his weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, has not yet responded to news that Mueller has completed his extensive investigation.

However, Trump has an extensive record of incessant complaints and attacks on the investigation, the investigators, the former friends and associates who have flipped on him, and anyone else even remotely associated with the investigation. So it is likely just a matter of time before Trump takes to Twitter and starts raging.

Dan Desai Martin also contributed to this report.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.