Something strange is happening with Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion with Russia.

It has all of Washington on edge.

And he’s trying desperately to keep this shocking secret hidden from the public.

The tone of the Russia investigation is rapidly changing.

You hear much less chatter about collusion and more about Russian Facebook ads.

Byron York writes in the Washington Examiner this could be due to the fact – despite one year’s worth of investigations – no evidence has emerged to support it and that Trump is likely to be vindicated:

Have you noticed? In recent public comments, the lawmakers investigating the Trump-Russia affair, along with some of the commentators who dissect its every development, seem to be focusing more on the facts of Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 election and less on allegations that Donald Trump or his associates colluded with those efforts.

Some of that could be just an impression. But the fact is, the subjects that have dominated discussion of the Trump-Russia matter lately — Facebook and other social media ads and the most recent update from Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr and Mark Warner — do not necessarily point toward collusion. Rather, more often than not, the latest talk points toward Russian “active measures,” that is, the effort to disrupt the 2016 campaign.

“Because that’s where the evidence is going,” one lawmaker who follows the matter closely told me in a text exchange. “I mean, things could always change, but that observation is just the reality of the situation right now, as I see it.”

“Because they’ve been spinning their wheels on something for which evidence has yet to emerge,” said another lawmaker.

“I think it’s 1) the Mueller probe means that stuff [allegations of collusion] is sort of in his wheelhouse now,” said yet another lawmaker, “and 2) I think there’s recognition that Trump himself is unlikely to be implicated in this.”

Even the leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee was forced to backpedal on his claims that collusion took place.

York also writes:

“In recent days, one of the president’s chief accusers, Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has found himself pushing back against suggestions there’s not much evidence of collusion.

“If it was so obvious, it if were so egregious, you should have known by now,” CNN’s Chris Cuomo, paraphrasing the investigation’s critics, asked Schiff earlier this month.

“Well, no one’s saying this was obvious,” Schiff answered. “Obviously, there was a deep interest in the Russians in keeping their work hidden. But you can’t say there’s no evidence of collusion.”

“We’ve seen even in the public realm, I think, very graphic evidence that the Trump campaign was willing to collude with the Russians,” Schiff continued. That was most likely a reference to the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting which Kremlin-connected Russians enticed Donald Trump, Jr. into attending by promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. In fact, the Russians wanted to push their goal of killing the Magnitsky Act, and the meeting, by all accounts, ended quickly. But Schiff argues that it suggests the willingness to collude, if not collusion itself.

“So you can’t say even in the public realm, let alone what we’re looking at [in secret], that there’s no evidence,” Schiff concluded. “Now, is there proof beyond a reasonable doubt? Are we ready to announce a conclusion? We’re not there yet.”

From the start, Trump has declared the Russia collusion story fake news.

It appears he is right.