The beginning of May marks the longest period of public stillnes from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team since his first charges last October–more than two months without any new plea bargains, fresh indictments, or publicly “flipped” witnesses.
At the same time, though, it’s been a period of aggressive moves that continue to illustrate an investigation that is far from complete, including the raid by federal prosecutors on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s office, court evidence that demonstrates Mueller’s team successfully sought permission to expand the scope of the probe, the release of former FBI director James Comey’s memos documenting his interactions with the president, continual hints that the special advise is probing the UAE, the odd meeting by Blackwater founder Erik Prince in the Seychelles, and numerous different aspects of the complex, multi-part investigation.
Recent weeks have also seen President Trump tweeting regularly about the investigation and the capital W, capital H “Witch Hunt, ” and in his train wreck of a phone interview with Fox& Friends last week, he hinted that his patience is wearing thin, referring to “our Justice Department, which I try and stay away from, but at some point I won’t.”
“I’ve taken the position–and I don’t have to take this position and maybe I’ll change–that I will not be involved with the Justice Department. I will wait until this is over. It’s a total, it’s all lies and it’s a horrible thing that’s going on, a horrible thing, ” he said. “They have a witch hunt against the President of the United Country going on.”