WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump scored a huge political victory after special counsel Robert Mueller absolved him of conspiring with Russia to swing the 2016 election. The big question is whether the president can use the special counsel's finding to boost his re-election prospects.

Trump is already harvesting early fruits of his victory. The outcome of the nearly two-year investigation removes a cloud hanging over his 2020 race and frees up time for him to focus on his policy agenda. Congressional Republicans may be less likely to distance themselves from him. Congressional Democrats have to rethink how hard to go after Trump in their own investigations.

“My advice to the president for whatever it’s worth is you’re probably stronger today than you’ve been anytime in your presidency," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a Trump ally, said Monday. "The question for you is, how do you use it?"

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