For the better part of the past month, it has felt as if Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be wrapping up his investigation into Donald Trump’s obstruction of justice any day now. Especially when you consider Mueller has asked Trump for an interview, which in most circumstances would signal that things were for sure coming to an end once and for all.
However, according to a new Bloomberg report, it turns out that may not be the case. At least not just yet. Instead, Mueller is taking his time with the decision, and is considering putting off the obstruction charges until he can bring ALL of the criminal charges at once:
“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.
While it does make sense that Trump’s inner-circle could panic and become less than cooperative if charges are brought now, it can’t be as simple as that. Can it?
Well, not according to Norm Eisen of the Brookings Institution, who claims this is just a classic case of Mueller playing hard ball:
If Eisen is right and that’s truly the case, then is it possible Mueller was intentional in getting this news out? In other words, is he trying to scare Trump’s inner circle on purpose?
It makes sense when you think about it. While we all have been assuming charges are coming against Trump, there hasn’t been a ton of certainty regarding his closest advisers. Until now, of course. And if Mueller wants to slow things down in order to criminally charge them as well, or scare them into cutting plea deals, then by all means…slow down…and press on, Mr. Mueller.