Even the best Mueller investigation trackers don’t know what happened. The Department of Justice had never officially said a final report would be issued. I had thought this would be an interim report. It would not include the ongoing investigation into the inaugural committee and irregularities in the Trump Foundation, which are being handled by the Federal Attorney Office in the Southern District of New York. I’ve thought of these investigations as independent investigations- but maybe not. A lot of money was flowing into the inauguration committee and there may still be a Russian connection.
Of course, Mueller can issue an interim report with large sections redacted – not a particularly satisfying conclusion to either Republicans or Democrats. What Mueller abhors at this point is leaked information. Like a good prosecutor, he’s going after indictments then convictions. And contrary to what Trump has been saying, he’s been very successful with either guilty pleas or convictions. Mueller knows that once the Department of Justice has the report, it will be subject to a subpoena by Congress, and the House will want to question Mueller making leaks more likely. Trump’s lawyers will want to see the report without redacted sections and that’s where leaks to the media can occur. It will clue them into unresolved parts of the investigation.
I am hoping the investigation is winding down as the final pieces come together. The wheels of justice grind slowly.