Connor Van Hulzen – Staff Writer
After almost two years of controversy, arguments and relentless hypothesizing about what he would find, Robert Mueller has finished his investigation into allegations of collusion between President Trump’s election campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.
With the completion of the investigation, Robert Mueller submitted his finished report, which is rumored to be nearly 300 pages long, to Attorney General William Barr, who then gave Congress a four-page summary of the longer document.
According to Barr’s summary, after 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, and 500 witness interviews, “The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’”
Despite the fact that this statement specifically says that President Trump has not been fully exonerated of any wrongdoing, shortly after the summary’s release Trump tweeted, “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”
A second tweet subsequently followed saying, “The Mainstream Media is under fire and being scorned all over the World as being corrupt and FAKE. For two years they pushed the Russian Collusion Delusion when they always knew there was No Collusion. They truly are the Enemy of the People and the Real Opposition Party!”
With both Republicans and Democrats claiming the final Mueller Report as a victory, the actual contents of the report are yet to be seen. However, both President Trump and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have so far come to a consensus that the full report should be shown to Congress.
However, the copy Congress will receive will not be the report in its entirety. According to Attorney General Barr, a redacted version of Mueller’s report could be presented to Congress as soon as mid-April.
Until the time when the report is presented to Congress and then the American people, all concerned parties can focus on the results of the investigation which have already been presented. Through the investigation, Robert Mueller was able to indict 34 individuals and three companies. George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, Michael Cohen, and Paul Manafort plead guilty to crimes unrelated to the alleged Russian collusion and struck plea deals to lower their sentences in exchange for providing more information to Mueller relevant to the investigation into Trump’s alleged Russia ties.
For now, it looks as though Trump will face no charges relating to Russian collusion in the 2016 election. How this investigation will influence the legacy of his term and the upcoming election will remain to be seen, though there promises to be more newsworthy events in the near future.