"From Los Angeles to Brooklyn...prosecutors are pursuing about a dozen other investigations...all but ensuring that a legal threat will continue to loom over the Trump presidency."
Even though the Mueller report has been released to no one except Attorney General William Barr, many Republicans are taking a big victory lap, thrilled that the Special Counsel's investigation is officially over and there will be no new indictments from his office.
Shockingly silent has been President Donald Trump, who many wee expecting to immediately tweet "No Collusion!" once again, even those the results 0f the report are not known.
The President's son, Donald Trump Jr., took a different route, retweeting about a dozen other right wingers who over the past 18 hours have been celebrating, and mocking – still without evidence – those who insist the the President and his family committed no crimes, did not collude or conspire with Russia, and had no support from the Kremlin.
But apparently none have bothered to read The New York Times today, which makes very clear Team Trump is not out of the woods – not by a long shot.
"Even as the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, submitted his confidential report to the Justice Department on Friday, federal and state prosecutors are pursuing about a dozen other investigations that largely grew out of his work, all but ensuring that a legal threat will continue to loom over the Trump presidency," the Times article begins.
"Most of the investigations focus on President Trump or his family business or a cadre of his advisers and associates, according to court records and interviews with people briefed on the investigations. They are being conducted by officials from Los Angeles to Brooklyn, with about half of them being run by the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan."
The Times also reminds that Mueller had a very narrow scope of inquiry he was allowed to pursue.
"Unlike Mr. Mueller, whose mandate was largely focused on any links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, the federal prosecutors in Manhattan take an expansive view of their jurisdiction. That authority has enabled them, along with F.B.I. agents, to scrutinize a broader orbit around the president, including his family business."
Republicans might want to hold the "hi-fives" for a few years, even after the Trump presidency is over.
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