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Where things stand a year into the Mueller investigation

The independent investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election has just entered its second year, and it's not clear how much longer it will take to complete.

Let's look at what we have learned so far from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — and what questions remain.

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1. What he's investigating

Mueller is looking at several things: how Russia meddled in the election, whether Trump's campaign helped, whether the president tried to blunt or even stop the ensuing FBI investigation, and any potential financial crimes by Trump associates.

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2. What Mueller has accomplished so far

Mueller has moved relatively quickly. His investigation has secured 19 indictments, including 13 Russians accused of using social media to sway voters to Trump. Five people have pleaded guilty in the investigation. Three of them were former campaign or White House officials. Paul Manafort is going to trial in July.

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3. What's next in the investigation

Mueller really wants to talk to the president, and we've reported he's even threatened to subpoena Trump to make it happen. Some legal experts say an interview could be a sign the investigation is wrapping up.

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4. What will happen when Mueller does wrap up?

This investigation could end any number of ways. Mueller may write multiple reports on his findings and refer them to the Justice Department. He could also continue to file charges as the investigation develops or at its conclusion.

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5. What is Congress's role in this?

It may actually have the most important role of all in the Mueller investigation.

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Amber Phillips is a political writer for The Fix.

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