The move to replace sessions with Matt Whitaker, who has been openly critical of the Special Adviser, is, as the White House envisages, for a return of public activity to the investigation in Russia after a period of calm before the election, according to the White House People on this topic.
As Deputy Prosecutor General, Whitaker now also assumes the role of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in overseeing the Special Administrative Investigation, which, according to Justice Department officials and witness attorneys' attorneys, is nearing a conclusion.
Before this happens, one of the main questions of the Russia investigation has yet to be answered: what happens to Roger Stone, a longtime Trump consultant, who stood behind the scenes of a whirlwind of legal activity during the election? Public rest period of Müller.
A month ago, Mueller asked Trump's attorneys to create call and visitor logs for Stone from the Trump Tower, New York, according to a source dealing with the matter. The inquiry at this late stage of the investigation was a surprise to lawyers as the Müller team has been focusing on Stone and its pre-election activities for months.
Questions that Mueller asked the President to give written answers are questions related to Stone and his communication with then-candidate Trump.
Despite the change of leadership in the Department of Justice, the Trump legal team believes that it will have no bearing on the approach to the Müller questions, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The President and his attorneys seek to return answers to Müller's questions later this month to a source familiar with the matter. No final decision was made for a personal interview.
Trump once again made it clear in a press conference Wednesday that he believes the investigation is a waste of time and money.
"It's a shame it should never have started because there was no crime," Trump said.
But Trump's attorney and other attorneys who represent witnesses in the investigation expect that the President's reaction to Mueller could be one of the final pieces of the 18-month trial before investigators submit a report on their findings. Müller's team has begun to write its final report, several sources told CNN.
Even after Mueller has finished his work, the election results on Tuesday mean that the House's Democrats will also be able to expand the investigation against Trump. This means that Müller will not be the end of Russia's questions about Trump and his campaign.
What does Stone have?
The Stone section of the investigation refers to one of Mueller's key responsibilities: telling Americans whether and if there are signs of collusion between Russians and the people associated with the Trump campaign on the 2016 elections.
Investigators revolve around Stone & # 39; ; s colleagues have already interviewed with additional questions. At least one – the author and well-known conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi – is still in discussion about possibly appearing a second time before the grand jury of Washington, DC, who used Mueller for the investigation.
Over the past two months, Corsi has been talking to Mueller's investigators "really steady," he said in a video he posted online on Monday.
On Thursday, Mueller's team will appear before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to call the special representative's authority to defend another The former employee of Stone wants to abolish a summons for testimony of the Grand Jury.
Stone has denied any wrongdoing and says he has no inside knowledge of WikiLeaks plans to publish hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign stolen by Russian intelligence services.
Stone insists he never shared anything about WikiLeaks with Trump at the time.
"I've never talked to Donald Trump about it," Stone recently told CNN. "This is one of the questions that Mr. Mueller should ask the President – one of the written questions – I am very confident that he will not know about it – we never discussed it."
All signs point to a final investigation, although Mueller has not provided a timetable for the completion of his work.
Impact of the elections on Mueller
Although the Mueller probe is nearing its end, it is expected that the investigation of Russia's interference and its effects will resonate for months.
The White House is trying to hire up to two dozen solicitors for the lawyer's office, which will soon be headed by Pat Cipollone after Don McGahn's departure. The presidential advocacy believes that the legal firepower will be needed as the new Democratic Democrats launch a new series of investigations, including the prosecution of parts of the Trump-Russia affair that had blocked Republican leaders.
One of the important issues with which the New White House attorneys are expected to consider whether Mueller's findings should either be shared with Congress or the public when there are concerns about the executive's privileges, which could block the release of some or all of Mueller's work.
Under Under the terms of the Ministry of Justice, Mueller must present a "confidential report" at the end of his investigation that includes "the Special Counsel's decisions on the persecution or denial."
But the regulations do not require that Müller's report be made public. With the acquisition of Whitaker it is not clear whether he will publish the report at all or in what form.
One of the sources familiar with the matter said the report will be partially detailed because Müller's team wants to ensure that it can withstand public scrutiny. It is expected that it will include an analysis of the allegations, any information or statements in the form of voluntary interviews, a legal explanation of why the evidence did not comply with the prosecutor's office, and a total defense of the investigation.
How much the Mueller team has done is still the subject of partisan debates. Critics of the president cite guilty pleas from high-ranking representatives of the Trump campaign, including former election chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates and Michael Flynn, his first national security adviser.
So far, the Mueller team has filed charges against 35 individuals and corporations, sentencing six guilty pleas and three people to prison.
Supporters of the president argue that none of the guilty grounds and the only court verdict had anything to do with Russia's interference in the 2016 elections. Mueller should investigate this. The new Attorney General has in the past asked the question whether there are grounds for investigation.
Second Guess of Müller
Even in the Ministry of Justice there were a few second guesses about some of the miller team's work.
A particular focus is on the decision of the Mueller team earlier this year to integrate a Russian company among the entities and individuals accused of operating an Internet troll farm, which in 2016 will play a central role in the Russian Has played interventions.
Some lawyers in the Department of Justice expressed concerns that the government might be worried , fearing that the government might force them to share information in discovery that could end up with the Russians.
These concerns have been anticipated in recent months when Concord Management commissioned US attorneys to fight the Special Prosecutor in court on a series of fronts. The Concord lawyers have been given permission in court to gain access to sensitive information that charges them, even though the judge has limited the possibilities that can be shared with foreigners.
"What many people assumed are now flaws in the indictment's light," said a former Justice Department official.
The behind-the-scenes doubts were discussed among Justice Department lawyers, some of whom were consulted before the Mueller team charged them.
A spokesman for the special representative declined to comment.
Some DOJ lawyers have tormented that the Mueller team has a lower risk Of course, by putting the indictment against the Russian citizens, without the companies and corporations. This is because individuals are unlikely to respond to the charges and submit to US legal action.
Given the ensuing dispute, the DOJ will have to settle the upcoming trial and all other legal matters, perhaps long after Müller completes his request.