According to Bloomberg Politics, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether or not Donald Trump obstructed justice is nearing completion, but Mueller may be setting the obstruction case aside for the time being as he continues to investigate possible Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.
Once the Special Counsel’s team interviews Donald Trump and his son, Don Jr., the obstruction part of the probe could very well be completed, officials said.
Mueller may wait to bring obstruction charges because witnesses who are involved in other cases of the expansive probe could become less cooperative. The other reason Mueller may wait to bring charges could be that Trump might attempt to shut the whole investigation down, creating a constitutional crisis.
From Bloomberg: “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.”
Trump’s lawyers are currently trying to work out a time for the president to meet with Mueller’s team and that could happen as soon as the next few weeks.
In addition to the NBC interview with Lester Holt, when Trump admitted on national television that he fired former FBI Director James Comey because of the Russia investigation, saying, “And in fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said ‘you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won,'” Mueller’s team has collected enough evidence to prove obstruction from various interviews with witnesses. Those witnesses include Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as well as other high-profile administration aides.
According to Bloomberg, Mueller is focusing on three specific instances of the investigation:
The weekend Trump and his top aides spent at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey just before he fired Comey in May 2017.
The Special Counsel’s team is interested in the misleading statement created about the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian attorney who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.
And, last but not least, Mueller is particularly interested in the president’s reported desire to remove him as Special Counsel.