To all those anxious for Robert Mueller to make the findings of his investigation public, waiting on the edge of your seat for some hint of a date when that will be, Jason Johnson was a guest panelist on Nicolle Wallace's MSNBC show yesterday and offered a reasoned timeline.
Johnson is the political editor of The Root, a professor of political science at Morgan State University, and a regular contributor on MSNBC. And the date he gave won't please many -- Democrats or probably even Republicans -- though his reasoning was so understandable that you could literally hear the other panelists (including John Heilemann and host Wallace, I don't recall the others) murmur in surprised agreement. He said that he didn't expect Mueller to release his findings until after the mid-term elections.
Initially, there was surprise by all the panelists and host. But then he explained. He said that given what we know about the actions Speaker Paul Ryan has taken, and seen how Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has acted, why in the world would Mueller want to turn over all of his evidence and work reports to them? Indeed, "Who would he even turn his material over to?" he asked. The Senate is certainly more bi-partisan, but any articles of impeachment have to come from the House.
That's when the others on the show began their murmurs of unexpected agreement.
Johnson said that most likely Mueller will wait to see how the mid-term elections turn out, and that if Democrats do take over the majority of the House, it's at that point that he would probably feel more confident that his material would find a safe haven.
It's not the answer that Democrats likely want to hear. Nor Republicans who want this investigations over. And in fairness, it's just a guess. But given the reasoning, it's not only a very good guess, but one that -- in its proper perspective -- is probably the best and smartest way to travel.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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