There have been some rumors circulating among the anti-Trump Resistance that the president will want to extend the shutdown as long as possible to keep the Mueller investigation sidelined. However, in reality, Mueller’s team will continue their seemingly endless probe even while other federal workers are furloughed:

The amount of money available is indefinite, not unlike the length of the investigation.

Meanwhile, it sounds like the shutdown could go on for quite a while if nobody blinks: