ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl told viewers on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos that the conclusion from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will most likely be “anti-climactic.”
Karl notes that the investigation, which was originally designed to probe for evidence of collusion between Russia and the campaign for President Donald Trump, may not live up to expectations.
“What I am getting is that this is all building up to the Mueller report and raising expectations of a bombshell report,” he explained. “And there have been expectations that have been building, of course, for over a year on this.”
Indeed, the resistance party has been practically foaming at the mouth for years in the hopes that Mueller would find evidence of collusion that could ultimately lead to the President’s impeachment.
Karl’s sources, however, are throwing some cold water on those expectations.
“People who are closest to what Mueller has been doing, interacting with the special counsel caution me that this report is almost certain to be anti-climactic,” he reported.
ABC News’ Jonathan Karl on Mueller’s upcoming report: “People who are closest to what Mueller has been doing, interacting with the special counsel, caution me that this report is almost certain to be anti-climactic.” pic.twitter.com/DkFWGKNJyi
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 13, 2019
Cue the sad trombone.
Karl went on to surmise that after years of work and millions in taxpayer funds being spent, Mueller has yet to find a shred of evidence linking the Kremlin to Trump’s campaign.
“We have seen nothing from Mueller on the central question of, was there any coordination, collusion, with the Russians in the effort to meddle in the elections?” he explained.
“Or was there even any knowledge on the part of the president or anybody in his campaign with what the Russians were doing,” added Karl. “There’s been no indication of that.”
It’s kind of hard to find evidence for something that doesn’t seem to exist. It’d be equally difficult to locate evidence of a unicorn or a Sasquatch.
Trump Ripped Karl to Shreds
If anybody had a reason for wanting to find something negative to report on the President, it’d be Karl, who was embarrassed in epic fashion this past week in the Oval Office.
Trump was discussing the government shutdown when Karl suggested he sign other bills allowing federal workers to get paid. The President suggested, as only he can, that tough negotiation doesn’t include catering to the opposition as a means to make everybody happy.
“You think I should do that? Do you think I should do that, Jon? I mean, I watch your one-sided reporting,” Trump lashed out. “Do you think I should do that?”
“If you would do that, you should never be in this position,” he concluded. “Because you’d never get anything done. Goodbye, everybody.”
WATCH: Trump vs ABC’s Jon Karl
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 9, 2019
We’ve Heard This Before
Karl’s sources aren’t the only ones to indicate the Mueller investigation is going to come to a screeching, anti-climactic halt.
Politico reported, almost warning the left, that Robert Mueller’s special counsel isn’t going to find the smoking gun they have been so desperately seeking.
They may be in for a disappointment.
That’s the word POLITICO got from defense lawyers working on the Russia probe and more than 15 former government officials with investigation experience spanning Watergate to the 2016 election case. The public, they say, shouldn’t expect a comprehensive and presidency-wrecking account of Kremlin meddling and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump — not to mention an explanation of the myriad subplots that have bedeviled lawmakers, journalists and amateur Mueller sleuths.
In an interview with Fox News, former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy predicted that the Mueller investigation will be a dud.
Gowdy told Fox News’ Bret Baier that the Special Counsel will wrap up his probe by the end of the year and will conclude that there was no evidence of collusion.
It seems ever-more likely that Mueller will “disappoint” the mainstream media by finding no evidence of ties between the Kremlin and President Trump.