Mueller, as al­ways, stays silent

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY CHRIS MEGERIAN AND DAVID LAUTER

The end of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that riv­ets the na­tion usu­ally calls for a news con­fer­ence from the per­son in charge, but Robert Mueller chose a dif­fer­ent ap­proach.

The spe­cial coun­sel sent a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer to the Jus­tice Depart­ment Fri­day to de­liver his long-awaited fi­nal re­port on the Rus­sia case, and then joined his wife and another cou­ple for din­ner in a neigh­bor­hood restau­rant.

With no pho­tog­ra­phers or TV cam­eras in sight, they sat in a se­cluded booth as ca­ble news and so­cial me­dia ex­ploded with spec­u­la­tion and ac­cu­sa­tions.

It was a fit­ting con­clu­sion for the man whose ten­ure as the least talk­a­tive – yet most talked about – pub­lic fig­ure in Washington is draw­ing to a close.

Mueller, 74, is ex­pected to step down as spe­cial coun­sel in the com­ing days, and only a skele­ton crew is left in the of­fice. His re­port, which re­mains con­fi­den­tial for now, caps nearly two years of in­ves­ti­gat­ing Rus­sian po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence, any con­spir­acy with Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign and whether the pres­i­dent ob­structed jus­tice.

Dur­ing that time, Mueller was prac­ti­cally a ghost. Some­times a snap­shot would emerge of him – sit­ting down at an Ap­ple store, or co­in­ci­den­tally wait­ing for a flight at the same air­port gate as Don­ald Trump Jr.

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