Robert Mueller is submitting his report next week. Or is it this week?
We hear this every week. It reminds me of a sign in a bar in Key West that reads “free beer tomorrow.”
So, when is Mueller done? Who knows since I don’t even think Mueller could pinpoint an exact date, but regardless, one thing to look for is his funding requests.
Per Reuters, Mueller’s investigation is funded through the end of September. That doesn’t mean much in and of itself since he could finish his investigation today and the leftover funds get used for something else.
However, if Mueller needs to continue his investigation through 2020, then Mueller would have to submit his request in June of this year.
At that point, we know Mueller’s investigation will continue throughout the rest of year. However, personally I believe Mueller is in no hurry to wrap up his investigation.
Mueller’s end game is to get Trump under oath. If that is the case, he needs the most amount of information possible to then tell Trump’s attorneys that certain issues need to be clarified.
Of course, his attorney’s will object and they should, it is the proper thing to do and then let Mueller fight it out in court on the issue if he is entitled under the law to depose the President in a criminal investigation. But, if the statute of limitations doesn’t expire until 2021, what’s the rush?
Mueller can sit back and wait to see what happens with the presidential elections of 2020, and if Trump doesn’t win, then he can proceed to indict Trump because the Justice Department’s guidelines of not indicting a sitting President are no longer applicable.
As to the costs of the Mueller investigation, Justice Department documents records show that Mueller’s office spent $9 million during the fiscal year of Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018.
That doesn’t include assets he has seized such as he did in Paul Manafort’s case, even seizing a condo in Trump Tower, so when it is over, Mueller may actually turn a profit.
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Alexander Hernandez is a practicing attorney since 1999 who enjoys blogging about politics when he is not riding his motorcycles or playing golf. He is also an Amazon best selling author.