Although Democrats and their liberal media proxies are waiting with bated breath to hear that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will issue more indictments and continue interrogating the Trump administration well into the 2020 election season, the reality is bound to disappoint them.
To borrow a baseball analogy, multiple signs suggest that the Russia probe is in the bottom of the ninth inning with zero runners on base. In other words, the special counsel appears to be wrapping up without any major pending indictments as Mueller reduces his investigative team and prepares his report.
Despite overwhelming evidence suggesting that the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is in its final stages, some progressive sources refuse to see the writing on the wall. One report from the Afrocentric progressive online publication The Root even pointed to cryptic language recently employed in special counsel court filings to argue that the investigation was far from over.
In a case against Concord Management and Consulting, a Russian firm that funded an online political influence campaign in 2016, the special counsel recently sought to keep evidence from “uncharged individuals” suspected of engaging in operations “that interfere with lawful U.S. government functions.” The Root‘s Stephen A. Crockett insisted that this means future indictments are pending, and the Trump-Russia investigation could go on for months.
“The scuttlebutt is that there will be more indictments of Russians and that the investigation is still ongoing and not close to nearing an end, but you didn’t hear it from me because all of this is on the low,” Crockett wrote.
Despite the cloak and dagger secrecy, there is absolutely no reason to believe that Mueller will refuse to conclude his inquiry while he waits for a Russian oligarch to turn himself in to U.S. authorities and subject himself to prosecution in an American courtroom. The “uncharged individuals” referenced in court documents refers to one of 26 Russian individuals and business entities who have refused to respond to special counsel subpoenas.
The Hill also pointed to “ongoing investigations” and “uncharged individuals” in the special counsel’s case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, insinuating that Mueller is far from finished. However, columnist Morgan Chalfant admits that the reference to potential targets in the Manafort case could fall “out of the scope of Mueller’s investigation,” and may be a reference to federal prosecutors in Manhattan who are reportedly pursuing charges against “other lobbying firms that did work for Manafort.”
In both cases, Mueller may have to wrap up the investigation without issuing indictments against obviously guilty individuals. “I think that oftentimes in a federal criminal investigation, things just get left,” said Jack Sharman, special counsel to Congress for the Clinton Whitewater investigation. “In other words, they simply don’t get acted upon because prosecutors decide there is not enough probable cause or there is a strategic reason for not moving things forward.”
Other publications point to a federal D.C. court, which extended Mueller’s grand jury for six additional months in January. “Robert Mueller isn’t ready to close up shop,” the New York Daily News wrote.
However, federal law only allows for grand jury extensions in six-month blocks. “I don’t think we can draw from that alone that there’s six months’ worth of additional investigating to be done,” explained Glenn Kirschner, a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington. “It could be that he’s got 30 days’ worth.”
There are plenty of reasons to believe that the special counsel is in its final stages. First and foremost, the lead Department of Justice (DOJ) official who oversees Mueller has said that the probe is nearly finished.
“Right now the investigation is – I think – close to being completed,” said acting Attorney General Mathew Whitaker during a Jan. 28 press conference. “I hope we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible.”
Mueller has also been downsizing his investigative team in recent months. “Scott Meisler concluded his detail with the Special Counsel’s Office in December 2018 and returned to the Criminal Division but continues to represent the office on specific pending matters that were assigned to him during his detail,” special counsel spokesman Peter Carr told reporters this week.
In October, Mueller also relieved two other agents from their positions, sending prosecutors Brandon Van Grack and Kyle Freeny back to their jobs at the Justice Department.
While Democrats continue to hold out hope that the 18-month special counsel investigation finds conclusive evidence of collusion, all signs point to an investigation that, in its final stages, failed to find any evidence of a conspiracy between Trump officials and the Kremlin. It’s time to put this charade to bed.