This release will be a big deal – our first real glimpse of what the Russians were up to in 2016, how much (or little) the Trump campaign was playing, and whether President Donald Trump (or anyone in his circle) was trying to to stand in the way of the probe.
This is without a doubt on The End. But do not fool yourself: that's not the case the The End.
No matter what the Mueller report says – or how much of it we actually see from the editors – it will continue to be a source of massive clashes in our culture, with tentacles reaching beyond the political world (above) and Pennsylvania Avenue down), but also the legal one.
* The Rebuttal fightTrump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been promising for months that the White House will present its own report to answer what Müller has put together. Giuliani told CNN's Dana Bash on Sunday evening that the White House is still awaiting the publication of a refutation report and that it will be released after the Mueller report is released. Is there even "there" in this refutation report? Or is it simply Trump's tweets with a few legal contributions thrown in there? Does it matter in the broader debate on the Müller report? Or is it simply dismissed as a garbage spinner and forgotten within a day or two?
* The Steele dossier fight: The opposition's research document, compiled in many ways by former British spy Christopher Steele, is at the center of disagreement between the two parties over the entire investigation. The Democrats consider Steele the most important thing regarding Trump and find that former FBI director James Comey said under oath that the Justice Department could independently validate parts of the Steele dossier. On the other hand, the Republicans consider the Steele dossier to be a partisan funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee. They insist that the dossier is the reason that the FBI has launched an investigation into counterintelligence, which led primarily to the Müller Special Prosecutor. And that's a problem, because many Republicans think that many of the allegations of the dossier are untrue. These disagreements do not go anywhere because both sides are too strong to let go.