While preparing this post, I discussed these issues with my college classmate Peter, a veteran attorney who closely follows our unfolding national narrative. Peter cautioned me that the world of prosecuting crime is one that must proceed on its own pace, governed only by the prosecuting attorney's sense that all necessary evidence has been collected, as many documents as possible have been reviewed, all interviews completed, all theories examined, all witnesses heard. He notes that there are inevitably many moving parts and unpredictable turns. In a case with the astonishing complexity of this one, it may be simply impossible to try to factor in the realpolitik of timing into the process. But I take some comfort in the implication that that this means Mueller's work is not likely to be resolved soon.
There may be Republicans who read this piece and are angered at what they perceive as cynical advocacy... an attempt to stall and manipulate the calendar in a way that twists what should be a non-partisan process for political ends.
Please do tell them to send Mitch McConnell and Neil Gorsuch my very best.