Donald Trump and his supporters keep wondering when special counsel Robert Mueller will set in motion impeachment proceedings against the President.
Mueller’s investigation hovered like a ticking time bomb over the administration.
And now Robert Mueller just got the word from a federal judge that is Donald Trump’s worst nightmare.
There are reports flying around Washington that Robert Mueller intends to wrap up his investigation by February.
That speculation only heightened when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – who acted as Mueller’s chief defender – announced he would leave the administration by mid-March.
Another sign Mueller is wrapping up is Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell of D.C. approved a six-month extension of Mueller’s grand jury.
The grand jury was set to expire in early January, but the extension allows the panel to wrap up its work around the same time Mueller submits his report in mid-February.
All the smoke signals indicate Mueller’s rigged witch hunt is coming to an end.
Now the fake news media will focus on what cards Mueller is really holding.
So-called “reporters” drooled over a New York Times report that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian business associate and told him to pass it to a Russian oligarch connected to Vladimir Putin.
Democrats and anti-Trump reporters jumped for joy because they believed this bombshell was the hard evidence of Russian “collusion” that had surfaced.
It tantalized them to dream about what other surprises Mueller held in reserve.
But as usual, the story was fake news.
Manafort actually directed his Russian associate to share the polling data with their former Ukrainian business partners.
Even Benjamin Wittes –editor of the left-wing Lawfare blog and who is best friends with Jim Comey –threw cold water on the disclosure that Manafort shared polling data with Kilimnik.
Wittes wrote that Manafort owed Kilimnik’s boss – Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska – money and could have passed the information along as a way to pay off his debt.
“Manafort, after all, owed serious money to Kilimnik’s boss, oligarch Oleg Deripaska. And we have long known that he sought to leverage his position as Trump’s campaign chairman to reestablish a relationship with Deripaska, with whom his ties had soured. So one question here is whether these meetings and disclosures constituted the Trump campaign working with the Russians, or whether they constituted Manafort sucking up to a creditor—or perhaps both,”
This information became public when Manafort’s lawyers forgot to redact it in a recent court filing.
But Wittes also cautioned that Manafort’s lawyers court filing does not give any indication about how Mueller views Manafort’s interactions with Kilimnik.
It’s important to remember that Manafort was never charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States.
If Mueller had hard evidence of collusion, he would have leveled those charges at Manafort.
A D.C. judge extending the Mueller grand jury for six months allows Trump hating reporters, elected Democrats and Never Trump Republicans to hold out hope that Mueller will eventually indict someone – anyone – for conspiracy to defraud the United States in the dying days of his investigation.
Will it be Paul Manafort?
Only time will tell.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.