Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly on the verge of finalizing a report detailing four acts of potential obstruction by Trump.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly about to close his obstruction probe and is preparing to report on at least four “findings” on Trump’s attempts to obstruct justice.
According to NBC News, the four areas of potential obstruction include the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, Trump’s role in drafting a misleading statement about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, Trump’s role in pressuring Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia probe, and the dangling of pardons to grand jury witnesses.
Prior to this week, Mueller’s team was expected to finalize a report on its findings on whether Trump tried to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation in the “coming months.”
However, now that Trump is reportedly unlikely to sit down for an interview with Mueller, the timeline has sped up considerably.
Talks over a presidential interview with Mueller’s investigators reportedly broke down this week after the FBI raided the office and residences of Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.
As a result, “Mueller’s team may be able to close the obstruction probe more quickly as they will not need to prepare for the interview or follow up on what the president says,” NBC reported.
Once Mueller prepares his report on the four potential acts of obstruction by Trump, he is expected to send a confidential report to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is charged with overseeing the Russia probe.
It will then be up to Rosenstein whether to make the report public and send its findings to Congress.
At that point, Congress would have to decide whether to move forward with impeachment proceedings based on the evidence laid out in the report.
The obstruction case against Trump has already been made by Trump himself, in front of our own eyes over the past year.
Now, it’s Mueller turn to weigh in.