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Report: Special Counsel Mueller Weighing Putting Off Obstruction of Justice Decision

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly close to wrapping up the obstruction of justice part of his inquiry, but contemplating putting it aside until other parts are completed.

Bloomberg’s Chris Strohm and Shannon Pettypiece reported Monday that the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed justice is “close to completion,” but that he may “set it aside” while finishing other parts of his probe, such as whether there was any collusion and who hacked the Democratic National Committee.

“Current and former U.S. officials” told Bloomberg said Mueller may calculate that if he tries to bring charges regarding obstruction, that witnesses may become less cooperative in other parts of the probe, or that the president may move to shut it down altogether.

The White House has said repeatedly there are no plans to shut down the Mueller probe. On Sunday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah reiterated that on ABC News’ “This Week,” although he added the qualifier “right now.”

“There’s no intention whatsoever to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel, right now. We’ve been fully cooperative. We respect their process. We’re hoping it will come to a conclusion in the near future,” he told ABC News’ Jon Karl.

The unnamed current and former U.S. officials told Bloomberg that even if Mueller clears Trump of obstruction, he may opt to keep quiet, since the president’s allies could build pressure for the entire thing to be shut down.

Bloomberg reports the obstruction portion of the probe could be completed after several remaining interviews, including with President Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr.

According to Bloomberg, Mueller has already interviewed those who could weigh in on a possible obstruction of justice case, including former FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers.

Mueller is reportedly focused on three main episodes in regards to obstruction of justice: Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017; the drafting of a statement about the purpose of a June 2016 meeting between Don Jr. and a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower; and Trump’s alleged consideration of firing Mueller last June.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Richard Misel Jr

    March 13, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    mueller should be arrested for ALL of the high crimes and treason he has committed and for being part of an attempted coup against our duly elected American BORN President Trump.!

    • paulette

      March 13, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      @RICHARD,I AGREE

  2. tony

    March 13, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Mueller has nothing that could possibly hold up in court, but he must continue acting as though there’s something to look for. Why President Trump hasn’t fired this ass can only be explained by by the fact that Mueller is only hanging himself in the process. I think Mueller is actually afraid to “end it” because he knows a reprisal is coming!

  3. paulette

    March 13, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    THIS NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN NOW,MUELLER IS ON A WITCH HUNT LOOKING FOR EVERYTHING AND NOTHING,SETH RICH IS THE ONE WHO HACKED THE DNC AND HE WAS MURDERED FOR IT,ITS ON HIS LAPTOP THAT THE KILLER STOLE THAT THE DEMS HAVE OR HAVE DESTROYED,BY BLEACH BIT OR A HAMMER,THIS WHOLE THING WAS SUCH BS AND OBAMA AND CLINTON STARTED THIS WHOLE RESIST ANTIFA BS,ITS TIME TO SHUT IT DOWN AND LET TRUMP DO HIS JOB WHICH IS MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AFTER OBAMA DAM NEAR DESTROYED IT. PERIOD!!!!!!

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