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The Russia Investigations: Maybe The End Is In Sight. Maybe It Isn't

Suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller is tightening the net has become a fashionable take lately. But last week's developments may not mean Mueller's investigation is winding up.
Then-FBI Director Robert Mueller speaks during a news conference at the FBI headquarters on June 25, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Source: Alex Wong

Last week in the Russia investigations: The special counsel ties up loose ends, but that may not mean the finish line is any closer.

Endings and beginnings

Never mind that it still isn't fully clear what the Russia imbroglio is — what picture all the puzzle pieces are supposed to form when they're put together.

An even more basic question that's just as difficult to answer is: How much longer will it go?

"Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is tightening the net" has become a fashionable take lately. And his office has been taking steps toward concluding the cases of three important subjects within the saga:

Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul shouldn't get the benefit of his plea agreement from earlier this year because

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