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Washington is eagerly awaiting the report by Robert Mueller

this Time for sure! For weeks, politicians and journalists in Washington that the special investigators Robert Mueller presents its final report in the Russia investigation. "Every day," could it be, is it in the American media. TV channels such as CNN, have specifically wait off reporters who do nothing more than in front of the grey office building in the Mueller and his prosecutors have their offices. There you record meticulously every movement, and when – as happened recently – a is observed by Mueller's staff, as he invites a couple of boxes with files in a car, you already have a news value: Is the sign that the report is coming soon?

In may, 2017 Mueller had received from the Deputy Minister of justice, Rod Rosenstein to investigate possible collusion between Russia and the election campaign team of President Donald Trump . 37 charges he has collected so far, including several against former employees and companions Trumps.

"All sit like on needles"

in fact, there is evidence that Mueller will complete his work soon. In the past few weeks, several of the originally 17 prosecutors have cleared in Mueller's Team in their offices and are returned to their regular Jobs. Also, from a different court of Mueller's gifts be approaching the end of the investigation it can be read. The Website "Politico" sums up the febrile mood in the U.S. capital this way: "All sit on pins and needles."

Unclear that only the contents of the report, the Mueller is present is, however, unclear of its Form. Long, many assumed that the former FBI chief will present a comprehensive report, similar to that of the special investigator Kenneth Starr, traced in 1998, all of the salacious Details of the Lewinsky affair of Bill Clinton. However, the regulations on the work of the special investigator are, in the meantime, other. You see only that Mueller must submit to the Minister of justice a list of cases where he has collected criminal charges, and the cases in which he waived. In principle, one A4 page is enough.

The pressure on the Minister of justice, to ensure maximum transparency, is large.

Against this minimal variant speaks that Mueller was in his previous indictments against people in Trumps environment and against Russian agents are always very detailed. As regards the question of trump's personal behavior, there is no evidence that this was involved in illegal collusion with Russia. And even if Mueller had evidence in this direction, would Trump hardly be prosecuted – the guidelines of the Ministry of justice, not an indictment of a sitting President. Mueller could write a kind of Roadmap, an annotated description of the Russian influence and the role of the Trump, at best, played. On this basis, the Congress could initiate, at most, an Impeachment process.

Open is also what you get to see the Public of Mueller's report. This is, in principle, confidential. Minister of justice, William Barr, Trump proclaimed the end of 2018, must inform the Congress, theoretically, just the fact that the investigation by the special investigator is coming to an end. In practice, it is a such restrictive action but did not justify it.

no charges, no Details

it is Conceivable, therefore, that Barr submit to the Congress a separate summary of the report, or a Version that contains a lot of redacted passages. In his hearing before the Senate Barr the beginning of the year pointed to the laws that could set limits: the basic rule in the American justice system that no incriminating details may be published about persons against whom no charges were brought.

The pressure on the Minister of justice, to ensure maximum transparency, is large. Last week, the house of representatives unanimously adopted a Resolution, which requires the publication of the entire report. In a recent survey by CNN, 87 percent of respondents agreed that the report would be made public. Even Trump expressed on Wednesday in this direction. He and his environment are, according to reports in the media, confident that Mueller has found no criminal behavior by the President. A discharge by Mueller, the Trump accused for a long time a "witch-hunt" would be a Triumph.

18 other investigations

And yet it would not be the end of the investigation. The Democrats have been launched in Congress in a series of studies. They cover a variety of topics, from trump's business conflicts of interest to his talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. But above all, 18 more criminal, according to a count of the magazine "Wired" legal investigations pending, relating to Trump directly or indirectly. No matter what Mueller's report says: The Trouble with the justice Trump is not going so fast.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 21.03.2019, 21:25 PM

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