As special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is reportedly coming to an end, elderly and sick Americans are trying to hold on to their lives so they can read the highly-anticipated report that has been nearly two years in the making.
World War II veteran Mitchell Tendler—a man who survived numerous historic milestones, including the Korean War, Vietnam, Watergate and President BIll Clinton’s impeachment—fell sick on Dec. 29, at 93 years old, reported NPR.
"I got a call at 11 o'clock. My mom said, 'Well, Dad's not feeling well—he really can't stand,'" Tendler's son, Walter, recalled. "Within a couple of hours they called 911 and got him into the ER because it wasn't getting any better."
Tendler survived two implantable defibrillators throughout his life. But while on his third, he started to fade. After he was provided painkillers by doctors, Tendler voiced his final thoughts.
"It just was quiet for a little while," Walter Tendler told the news outlet, "and then he just sits up in bed halfway and looks at me and he goes, 'S***, I'm not going to see the Mueller report, am I?' And that was really the last coherent thing that he said."
Richard Armstrong, a 94-year-old currently in hospice care in New Jersey, related to Tendler’s sentiments.
"I know exactly how he feels. I feel the same way. I've been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer," Armstrong told NPR. "I was hoping to live to see the outcome of what I think it should be—justice. I'll be surprised and disappointed if it isn't.”
After seeing Tendler’s words—shared on Twitter by Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution—Kristina Makansi, who lives in Arizona, thought about her mother who passed away at the age of 94 in January.
"When I saw that tweet about the Mueller report and the old man on his deathbed, I thought, Oh my gosh, that's the kind of thing that my mother would say," she said. "I think she really wanted to see that justice was done... and that the investigation was allowed to proceed without any shenanigans and obstruction."
Amid reports that Mueller’s investigation is nearing its end, former White House lawyer Ty Cobb called Mueller an “American hero” this week during an interview on ABC News’ The Investigation podcast.
“I don’t feel the investigation is a witch hunt,” Cobb said, adding that he hoped the probe “had happened on a quicker time frame.”