Radio Atlantic: Politics After Mueller

What does the end of the special counsel’s investigation mean for 2020?

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Last week, Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr. And this week, Barr shared his brief summary of the big conclusions: There was no collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign. As for obstruction of justice, Mueller left that question unresolved. In his letter, Barr said the Department of Justice had decided that the evidence presented didn’t merit criminal charges.

More could change with the release of the actual report. In fact, six House committee chairs have demanded it by next Tuesday. But the Mueller chapter of this presidency is now essentially closed.

What does the post-Mueller landscape look like? Does the end of his investigation—with no bombshells yet detonated—hurt Democrats in 2020? Or might it actually help them? The staff writers McKay Coppins and Edward-Isaac Dovere join Alex Wagner to discuss.

Listen for:

  • How the right and the left have reacted to the Mueller news

  • Why Republicans turned the conversation to health care when they took a surprise legal stance that would end all of Obamacare

  • Whether Democrats or Republicans now have the advantage going into 2020