WASHINGTON – Cathartic, it was not.
The relentlessly plodding Mueller report finally ended after a 22-month whodunit that climaxed to the sound of pffft. There is no evidence of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, special counsel Robert Mueller concluded. But, in case Democrats need a crumb to sustain them in pursuit of a longed-for conspiracy, he added his findings, or lack thereof, do not exonerate the president of obstruction of justice.
What this means remains to be discovered since the report has yet to be released. What little information Congress and the public have thus far comes from Attorney General William Barr’s summary.
Surprised by the conclusion? Shocked? Hardly. Most Washington insiders on my daily rounds gave up the collusion delusion at least a year ago. Short of a video showing Trump and Vladimir Putin fist-bumping and chanting Collusion, collusion, collusion, ha! an indictable charge against the president seemed increasingly unlikely.