It has been 657 days since special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
While the investigation has resulted in public criminal indictments against 34 individuals — including Trump’s campaign chairman, deputy campaign chairman, National Security Advisor and longtime personal attorney, Mueller has yet to publicly release a report on what he has found during his 21 month investigation.
As NPR reported Tuesday, that is leading to a situation where elderly Americans are dying before learning about the extent of Trump’s relationship with Russia and obstruction of justice.
The family of Mitchell Tendler, a World World II veteran, explained his last coherent thought before dying in the ER.
“It just was quiet for a little while and then he just sits up in bed halfway and looks at me and he goes, ‘Sh*t, I’m not going to see the Mueller report, am I?’ And that was really the last coherent thing that he said,” explained his son, Walter Tendler.
Mitchell Tendler is not alone.
“For nearly two years, those who find fault with President Trump have been hanging onto hope that Mueller will produce evidence that will be damaging to the president,” NPR explained. “These expectations are so high that there are even those who in their last years are hoping to survive just long enough to see the conclusion.”
“I know exactly how he feels. I feel the same way. I’ve been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,” Richard Armstrong, 94, told NPR. “I was hoping to live to see the outcome of what I think it should be — justice.”
NPR said, “these stories show just how much communities across America are eagerly waiting news from the special counsel — and it’s even more urgent for those Americans approaching the end of their lives.”