Mueller, as always, stays silent
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.