CONGRESS/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Robert Mueller failed to deliver what critics of President Donald Trump wanted Wednesday [7-24-19], but they must be getting used to that by now. For nearly two years, many Democrats have regarded Mueller as a Messiah figure who will deliver them from the plague of the Trump presidency through something akin to divine intervention. From the time the special counsel began rolling out indictments in 2017, liberals became convinced with each arrival and departure of prosecutors from the D.C. federal courthouse that a massive, unifying indictment was looming that would charge Trump campaign operatives with conspiring with Russia and WikiLeaks to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails. Perhaps it was already under seal? Some expected a case sweeping in individuals who were charged, like campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump confidant Roger Stone, with others close to the president who’d not been charged, like Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner. There was even talk Mueller might buck Justice Department policy and charge the president himself. When that round of speculation fizzled amid signs that Mueller was preparing to wind down his probe, attention shifted to the special counsel’s report.”

Josh Gerstein, “Mueller disappoints Trump critics, again,” Politico, July 24, 2019 12:36 am