The United States Department of Justice employs special investigator Robert Mueller, leader of the Special Counsel investigation of potential interference in the 2016 United States presidential election by the Russian government and other Russian figures of power. Once the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Mueller was appointed to his current position on May 17, 2017. Since then, he’s done everything within his power to prosecute all Americans involved in Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
According to Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, also an employee of the U.S. Department of Justice, Mueller’s long-running investigation is slated to come to an end in the next few months. During a press conference earlier today, Jan. 28, 2019, that was mainly concerned with setting forth a list of indictments against executives and other officials who work for the Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei, Attorney General Whitaker was responsible for putting out the first hint directly from an identifiable member of the U.S. Department of Justice that Robert Mueller’s investigation could come to a close soon.
Mueller is responsible for indicting a minimum of 37 people for their involvement with Russian groups, individuals, and entities that were directly responsible for messing with the 2016 election. Roger Stone, a longtime political associate of current United States President Donald J. Trump, was most recently arrested as part of Mueller’s probe. Stone was indicted on seven counts of breaking federal law, all of which are related to covering up the truth about the efforts he made to make contact with WikiLeaks and its officials before the 2016 U.S. presidential election to the House of Representative’s Intelligence Committee. Stone is also said to have tampered with a witness who knew enough to prove that the story Roger Stone told to the House Intelligence Committee was false.
Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, will soon depart the ranks of the United States Justice Department. William Barr, a nominee for the replacement of Rosenstein, is slated to take his place. Rosenstein previously stated that he would remain in his position until Robert Mueller’s investigation was close to being completed so that interference from elsewhere within the federal government would not be possible.
A vote on William Barr’s confirmation could come to Congress around the middle of February, though it isn’t immediately clear if the vote will happen that soon. The federal grand jury appointed to the Mueller probe has already been approved for another six months’ worth of work, meaning the investigation could run through August.