Special Counsel Robert Mueller is close to issuing key findings in his probe of Russian interference in the presidential election, and is expected to present them soon after the midterm elections, according to a report Wednesday.
The findings will cover whether President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia, and whether Trump obstructed of justice, an anonymous US official told Bloomberg.
The findings won’t necessarily be released publicly — Mueller will present them only to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has a say in what Congress sees and what is shared with the rest of the country.
Rosenstein has let Mueller know he wants the investigation wrapped up quickly, and a plea deal cut with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort in September may have sped up inquiries into possible collusion, former federal prosecutors told Bloomberg.
Manafort — who agreed to cooperate with Mueller after pleading guilty to bank and tax fraud charges — could answer questions about whether the campaign coordinated the release of hacked Democratic emails with Moscow, and what happened at the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a group of Russians, a former prosecutor said.
Mueller may still have plenty more work ahead of him even after issuing some findings — as he only just submitted questions to Trump’s lawyers about possible collusion.
The president has insisted his campaign did nothing wrong and has publicly railed against the probe as a “witch hunt,” but said recently he has no intention of shutting it down.
“I don’t pledge anything. But I will tell you, I have no intention of doing that. I think it’s a very unfair investigation because there was no collusion of any kind,” Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday.
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