Mueller Said To Be "Close To Completion" Of Trump Obstruction Probe

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal surprised its readers by reporting that President Donald Trump's legal team was working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to reach an early close to his Russia probe, using the possibility of an interview with the president (and the implicit threat of Trump quashing the probe) as leverage to force Mueller into some kind of deal that, by the sound of it, would probably see Trump accept a slap on the wrist.

However, no sooner had the WSJ story dropped than the New York Times appeared to negate it with a report of its own, penned by "Trump whisperer" Maggie Haberman. In it, Haberman writes that Trump is in talks to hire the veteran Washington lawyer who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial. In its story, the NYT specifically reported that - if accurate - the hiring of attorney Emmet Flood would suggest that the prbe is unlikely to end anytime soon.

President Trump is in discussions with a veteran Washington lawyer who represented Bill Clinton during the impeachment process about joining the White House to help deal with the special counsel inquiry, according to four people familiar with the matter.

The lawyer, Emmet T. Flood, met with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office this past week to discuss the possibility, according to the people. No final decision has been made, according to two of the people.

Should Mr. Flood come on board, the two people said, his main duties would be a day-to-day role helping the president navigate his dealings with the Justice Department.

Two people close to the president said that the overture to Mr. Flood did not indicate any new concerns about the inquiry. Still, it appears, at the least, to be an acknowledgment that the investigation is unlikely to end anytime soon.

The NYT report infuriated Trump, who issued a scathing tweet accusing the paper of fabricating lies about him.


And as if the will-he-won't-he routine wasn't infuriating enough already, Bloomberg joined the fray today, publishing a report saying Mueller could be close to wrapping up parts of his investigation, while putting other pieces of the inquiry on hold for now.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice is said to be close to completion, but he may set it aside while he finishes other key parts of his probe, such as possible collusion and the hacking of Democrats, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The reason? Mueller is worried that, if he brings charges relating to Trump's purported obstruction of justice, witnesses in other parts of the probe might get cold feet as they circle the wagons. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are ratcheting up pressure on Mueller to wrap up the probe.

The obstruction portion of the probe could likely be completed after several key outstanding interviews, including with the president and his son, Donald Trump Jr. The president’s lawyers have been negotiating with Mueller’s team over such an encounter since late last year. But even if Trump testifies in the coming weeks, Mueller may make a strategic calculation to keep his findings on obstruction secret, according to the current and former U.S. officials, who discussed the strategy on condition of anonymity.

Any clear outcome of the obstruction inquiry could be used against Mueller: Filing charges against Trump or his family could prompt the president to take action to fire him. Publicly clearing Trump of obstruction charges -- as the president’s lawyers have requested -- could be used by his allies to build pressure for the broader investigation to be shut down.

With 17 prosecutors at its disposal, Mueller’s sprawling probe is expected to be the 2016 campaign. Mueller is also expected to issue indictments against those (probably Russian) individuals suspected of hacking the Democratic National Committee before the election while publicly leaking stolen material in an effort to hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton.


And as we pointed out last week, the Trump family's foreign business entanglements, as well as efforts by the United Arab Emirates to influence Trump following meeting between a Trump emissary in the Seychelles. Mueller is also reportedly turning up the heat on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen by asking questions about his outreach to a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin about a stalled "Trump Tower Moscow" project.

Perhaps the biggest variable in determining when the probe will end is the cooperation of Trump and his family. As we reported, Trump's lawyers are reportedly pushing Mueller to accept written replies to his questions.

The timing for whether -- and when -- to interview Trump or his family members is one of the most sensitive decisions Mueller faces at this stage of his investigation. The special counsel’s office declined to comment for this story.

Trump's lawyers have also said they expect the probe to wrap up shortly. Mueller has already secured several guilty pleas - including a plea from former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn - and has requested more than 1.4 million pages of documents.

Meanwhile, when it comes to the obstruction investigation, Mueller is believed to be focusing on three main potential violations: Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey; the drafting of a misleading statement to the New York Times about a meeting Don Jr. organized with a Russian lawyer and her entourage at Trump Tower during the summer of 2016, and - in an incredibly meta twist - Mueller is also investigating reports that Trump considered firing him last June.

Several members of Trump's family have also been reluctant to speak with Mueller.

Kushner spoke to Mueller early on in the investigation for a limited interview, while Don Jr. and Ivanka Trump, haven't been interviewed. There is also no indication that Mueller interviewed former Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller.

Mueller’s team of FBI agents and prosecutors has already interviewed people who could provide firsthand knowledge of possible obstruction of justice, including Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers.

Of course, whether the investigation truly is close to wrapping up won't be known until Mueller tells us. Though a recent barrage of leaks about the expanding scope of the investigation would suggest that, even if it's not close to being over, it is entering a new, more-intense phase.


Hal n back Stan522 Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:31 Permalink

More important is that the evolution of the justice system is now anybody at any time can hold any type of investigation on anybody.

This is important for most of us not in the top 1%, and not in the bottom 50%.

Love the country, totally disenchanted with our government  not just Federal but State and Local too.

The stubbornness, incompetence and indifference to the people is more obvious at the local level when you get to see them in action, or inaction as it may be.

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zedwood Hal n back Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:08 Permalink

The current version of "Special Prosecutor" is not under Congressional authority.  They did not renew that statute during the Clinton era.  But Janet Reno just had the justice department create their own version- with no requirement to be bound by any Congressional oversight.  So the whole thing is not legal and just another deep-state farce.

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fleur de lis Joe Davola Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:14 Permalink

Wake me up when Mueller goes after his friends for the 911 murder spree in NYC.

Hellish has Mueller pu**y whipped into a DC pole dancer.

Now he has competition from Stormy Daniels -- two skanks competing for the same man.

Cue the music -- the DC Swamp has officially turned into the Gong Show.

Someone please find the hook and pull Mueller off the stage, he is the worst pole dancer the DC Swamp ever spit up.

It would be interesting to see if he was/is mixed up in the Clinton Foundation racket.

That would go along way to explain his lousy pole dancing.


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Luc X. Ifer JimmyJones Mon, 03/12/2018 - 10:01 Permalink

Obstruction of Stormy Daniels ass, yeah, just another nothingburger. The investigation public motive was 'russian intervention/influence', calling for 'obstruction' instead would nullify the initial intended scope as per initial claimed evidence so poof, there goes all the time & money of the taxpayers. Hope WH and Trump will follow-up ferociously on these scumbags.

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TBT or not TBT IH8OBAMA Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:49 Permalink

Maybe “completion” takes on the sense it did in the Clinton impeachment testimony. The left, figuratively now, has been working their genitals ever since the election toward a shattering climax they feel inevitable, the magical orgasmic nullification of the Trump nightmare, from they will wake up all sticky and wet, happy and relieved.    Best case for them though, they wake up all reamed out with PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE.  

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Hal n back Luc X. Ifer Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:34 Permalink

who did not know who we were getting with Trump from the "get go".

The guy is not carved from the same mold that got us into the current situation and is getting little help from Congress nd prior WH Adm which are the folks who got us to this situation.

too bad somebody cannot get up in front of congress and call them on it.


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Gulfcoastcommentary ThanksChump Mon, 03/12/2018 - 14:49 Permalink

Yes, string them ALL up!  It's time for Trump to declare Marshall Law and arrest a shit load of treasonous fools:

"I propose that Trump invoke a limited Marshall Law emergency to bring in the military and military police to handle the corruption at the FBI and DOJ. With the Marshall Law declaration, military police could seize control of both the DOJ and FBI by locking down these entities, lock down the computers and servers, and begin to question all of the top echelon of these departments. Everything would be locked down for investigation and for evidence.

And people like Hillary, Obama, Comey, Rosenstein, Mueller, Podesta, Brennan, Clapper, Adam Schiff and McCain should be arrested for Treason and other crimes and sent to Guantanamo for military trials. I think George Soros needs to arrested too. Although I prefer firing squads, I would settle for extensive prison sentences at Guantanamo.  I think Trump should, for starters, also arrest Jerry Brown and the mayor of Oakland, CA who are all brazenly committed to obstructing Federal Law---to make an example of them."…


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Chupacabra-322 chunga Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:42 Permalink

Are you finally on board Chunga with how absolutely, completely, open in your Face Tyrannically Lawless we are? 


We Torture People Chunga.  We’ve been Tyrannically Lawless since that was uncovered back in 02.  The retroactive immunity Rockefeller & the other Criminals gave to the Criminal Telecom’s back then was also Tyrannical Lawless icing on the cake for them.  


Thus, Morphing the Criminal Intelligence Agencies into a Tyrannical Lawless Political Police Surveillance State.

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Chupacabra-322 chunga Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:46 Permalink

@ Chunga & STP,


Figued I’d plant myself here in between the both of you for a reply.  Agreed. This Shit-Show can’t last forever.  We’re Tyrannically Lawless & Bankrupted for Christ’s Sake.  

What I plan to do about it?

I pulled up a Lawn chair quite sometime ago.  I’m going to continue to watch the Criminal Tyrannical Lawless System we know as “Government” Implode under its own Hubirs & Tyrannical Lawlessness.

For those of us who have been in front of the curve, prepping or what have you?  Great.  It will come in very much need as the economy of the future after the engineered collapse will be local.  

My Gut feeling, for a while now tells me this:

It's because in times of trouble, the circle of trust contracts.  Smaller and smaller down to localities, and families. Local.  Trust in the federal government is collapsing/contracting along with other large institutions. 

Smaller circle of trust = decentralization.

Personally, we, & the entire World / Human Race for that matter is at or very fast approaching a pinnacle or explosive situation of some sort.

The more I see, the less I think that things will correct themselves. At this point I think that some form of upheaval is more likely than not. My goal through this is to keep the family safe and see where things come down. 


Vote with your Dollars.  Use alternative economic systems, search engines, news outlets & decentralize from the Borg. 


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