For Seth Abramson, a professor at the University of New Hampshire who authored voluminous viral Twitter threads about Russian collusion, the probe’s conclusion does not even close a chapter, let alone a paragraph. “At most it’s going to be an em dash in the middle of a sentence,” said Abramson, who, as a poet and author in his offline life, should know.

For Abramson and others who have immersed themselves in the drama of the probe, the events of the weekend only shift the action to new settings.

“The Mueller investigation is not something that will conclude in the way that we think of investigations concluding,” Abramson said. “It will simply transform.”

Others view the Trump-Russia affair less as a story than as a part of a collective national journey. “The Mueller report is just one more roadmark on that very long highway,” said Claude Taylor, a former director of volunteers in Bill Clinton’s White House who has made it his mission to draw attention to Trump’s Russia links on Twitter and in real life.