Just about everyone in Washington D.C. continues to brace for an announcement from the Justice Department that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is finally done with his investigation into the 2016 presidential election. Journalists are frothing at the mouth and speculation about it's imminent release continues to ramp up.
So far the #CNNStakeout team has not seen Mueller arrive. Other members of the team have arrived.— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) March 22, 2019
ABC: Sources familiar with the investigation believe there are no more indictments coming from the special counsel. https://t.co/AJxSQSbl8Z— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) March 21, 2019
Special Counsel Robert Muller arrives at his office building, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. Mueller is expected to present a report to the Justice Department any day now. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) @AP @AP_Images @AP_Politics pic.twitter.com/fevQ1bkXc5— Andrew Harnik (@andyharnik) March 21, 2019
But despite Democrats making the Mueller investigation and "Russian collusion" a centerpiece of their attacks against President Trump and his administration for the past two years, many on Capitol Hill are conceding the final report may not reveal much.
IF YOU TALK TO CAPITOL HILL Ds PRIVATELY, you will hear something surprising about what they expect from ROBERT MUELLER: Many of them expect absolutely nothing. Several top Democratic lawmakers and aides tell us privately that they are certain the report will be a dud.@politico— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) March 22, 2019
Democrats in the media are getting a reality check, too.
Watch Mika Brzezinski realize what she’s reading about there likely won’t be any more indictments from the Mueller investigation. ?? pic.twitter.com/zjUj0NcXb1— Andrea Ruth (@AndreaNRuth) March 22, 2019
Here's a round up of what Mueller has accomplished. Notice there's nothing about collusion to win a presidential election.
• Mueller is on day 675— Jason K. Morrell (@CNNJason) March 22, 2019
• He's has brought criminal charges against 34 people & 3 companies
• 6 are Trump associates
• 26 are Russians & 3 Russian companies
• 5 people sentenced to prison
• Trump has tweeted “witch hunt” about the Russia investigation 170+ times
When Mueller finally does finish his investigation, he will send it to Attorney General Bill Barr. Barr will then determine what will be released to the public and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
So, we continue to wait.
On phone w/ Giuliani, who's tracking Mueller news like everyone else in D.C., with TV on, scrolling through Twitter, and making calls. He spoke with POTUS this morning.— Robert Costa (@costareports) March 22, 2019
“It’s like waiting for a baby” to be born, Giuliani says. “If the report is good, I’ll give out cigars.”