Mueller report on Russian Federation and Trump delivered to AG Barr
- Author: Joey Payne Mar 23, 2019,
Mar 23, 2019, 1:15
"Attorney General Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any "sneak preview" of Special Counsel Mueller's findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public", the joint statement said.
The probe is widely expected to end in the coming weeks, but Trump was focused on its beginnings rather than its conclusion, complaining about Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein's appointment of Mueller in May 2017. After Mueller turns in his report, Barr has said he will draft a second one for congressional and public consumption.
In his letter to Congress' judiciary committee leaders - Senators Lindsey Graham and Dianne Feinstein and Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and Doug Collins - Mr Barr confirmed there were no instances during the investigation where the Department of Justice ordered Mr Mueller to not take action.
Carlos Barria/REUTERS/NewscomAt long last, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has completed his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Mr Mueller, a former FBI director, had been examining since 2017 whether Mr Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow to try to influence the election and whether the Republican president later unlawfully tried to obstruct his investigation.
But Friday's reports suggest that any further charges will not come from the special counsel, if they come at all. But the White House has insisted throughout that the president would not be implicated and, in Trump's words, that the investigation was a "witch hunt".
"The country is eagerly awaiting the special counsel Robert Mueller's report". Thus, President Trump will not be indicted based on the Mueller report.
Trump and his allies have spent almost two years trying to discredit Mueller.
Only two special counsels have been appointed under the 1999 regulations: Mueller and former Senator John Danforth, who was appointed that same year to investigate the deadly 1993 federal raid on the Branch Davidian cult compound in Waco, Texas. Multiple committees are now pursuing other Trump Organization associates for testimony, as well as Trump's family members like Donald Trump Jr.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier this month that impeaching the President was "just not worth it".
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.