Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is believed to be in the final stages of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, follows a history of special investigators who have sought to determine whether presidents or top officials have broken the law.
Some of those investigations led to public reports revealing every little detail. The Starr Report detailing Whitewater and President Bill Clinton’s sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky was a bestselling book. Other cases led to convictions but kept the rest of the findings under wraps.
What will happen to Mueller’s report?
The rules under which he was appointed require certain disclosures and allow even more.
Mueller has already demonstrated the first way to publicize his findings — by filing charges in federal court. The indictments and additional pleas have laid out details of what Mueller found involving Russian activity, lying about contacts with Russians and more. The work has led to 35 indictments and guilty pleas from six former associates and advisers to President Trump. Mueller’s team may bring additional cases, and their work has already spawned cases that are being pursued in other jurisdictions.