Thursday, 18 Apr 2024

Robert Mueller submits full report on Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report on Russian meddling in the US election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign to Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department said Friday.

Justice notified Congress late Friday that it had received Mueller’s report but did not disclose any of its conclusions.

“I am reviewing the [Mueller] report and I anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusion as soon as this weekend,” Barr told Congress.

President Trump’s lawyers, Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, issued a joint statement that said:

“We’re pleased that the Office of Special Counsel has delivered its report to the Attorney General pursuant to the regulations. Attorney General Barr will determine the appropriate next steps.”

Barr will decide how much of the report, if any, will be made public.

The nearly two-year probe has shadowed Trump’s presidency and resulted in felony charges against 34 people including six people who served on Trump’s campaign.

But the president has repeatedly insisted there was “no collusion,” and has called the probe “a hoax,” and a “witch hunt” cooked up by Democrats because they lost the 2016 election.

The president in recent days ramped up his personal criticism of Mueller, arguing that any report he issued would be invalid because he was elected to office and Mueller, a former FBI director, had not been elected to his appointed post as special counsel.

The president also said that his base would never accept a report that was critical of him.

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