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While Mueller’s long-awaited re­port may be fin­ished, its con­tents are a mys­tery. Some anx­iously await the de­tails, some stand in sup­port of the pres­i­dent, oth­ers just can’t wait for it to be over.

WASH­ING­TON — The Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion has pro­vided a bar­rage of head­lines, court cases, tweets and spec­u­la­tion. De­spite the clamor, sev­eral events stand out. Here are some mile­stones that have shaped the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

May 17, 2017: Former FBI Direc­tor Robert Mueller is ap­pointed as spe­cial coun­sel by Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral Rod Rosen­stein, who is over­see­ing the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions re­cused him­self. Mueller takes over days af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump fired James Comey as FBI direc­tor.

Oct. 30, 2017: Mueller ob­tains in­dict­ments against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, the former chair­man and deputy chair­man of Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, re­spec­tively.

Dec. 1, 2017: Michael Flynn, Trump’s former na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, pleads guilty to ly­ing to the FBI about his con­ver­sa­tions with the Rus­sian am­bas­sador dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial tran­si­tion. Flynn and the am­bas­sador dis­cussed sanc­tions im­posed by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion in re­tal­i­a­tion for Rus­sia’s elec­tion in­ter­fer­ence.

Feb. 16, 2018: Thir­teen Rus­sians are in­dicted for in­ter­fer­ing in the 2016 cam­paign with stolen iden­ti­ties, fake cam­paign events and so­cial me­dia ac­counts. April 9, 2018: The U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice in Man­hat­tan sends FBI agents to raid the home, of­fice and ho­tel room of Michael Co­hen, Trump’s per­sonal lawyer.

July 13, 2018: Twelve Rus­sian mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers are in­dicted for al­legedly pen­e­trat­ing and ran­sack­ing Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee com­puter net­works dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign, part of Moscow’s covert ef­fort to boost Trump’s can­di­dacy.

Nov. 7, 2018: The day af­ter Demo­cratic vic­to­ries in midterm elec­tions, Trump pushes out Ses­sions as U.S. at­tor­ney gen­eral and names Matthew Whi­taker, Ses­sions’ chief of staff, as a tem­po­rary re­place­ment. Nov. 20, 2018: Trump’s le­gal team says it has sub­mit­ted writ­ten an­swers to some ques­tions from Mueller.

Jan. 25, 2019: Roger Stone, the long­time Trump po­lit­i­cal ad­viser, is ar­rested at his Florida home. Stone is in­dicted for al­legedly ly­ing to the House in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee about his con­ver­sa­tions in­volv­ing Wik­iLeaks, the or­ga­ni­za­tion that re­leased thou­sands of hacked Demo­cratic Party emails dur­ing the cam­paign.

Fri­day: Mueller files his re­port with the Jus­tice Depart­ment. It will be up to At­tor­ney Gen­eral Wil­liam Barr to de­cide which find­ings are pro­vided to Congress and made pub­lic.

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