Special Counsel Robert Mueller submits full report on Trump and Russia probe to AG, Bill Barr 22 months after it started in May 2017
Special Counsel will NOT recommend any new prosecutions or pursue additional criminal charges against anyone including President Trump, his family members and his White House aides
Newsflash at 5:00 p.m. Friday signaled that the Mueller probe was over, Congress might learn his ‘principal conclusions’ this weekend, AG said
AG will decide which portions of Mueller’s output can be released in a way that’s consistent with federal law
Amid fears portions of report will be selectively made available to congress, Democrats promise to kick up a fuss
Trump had blasted Special Counsel probe as a ‘witch hunt’ and repeated his ‘no collusion’ mantra on Friday morning, although Wednesday he said he did not mind if the report was made public
White House said it has not seen the report or had briefings on its contents as Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer warned Justice Dept. to avoid giving White House preview of report
Robert Mueller officially concluded his probe into possible collusion between The trump campaign and Russia on Friday, April, 22
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has not recommended any new criminal indictments as he wraps up his Russia probe, deflating what some Democrats hoped would be a bad-news day for the White House.
Mueller delivered a long-awaited report Friday to Attorney General Bill Barr, opening up the possibility that key members of Congress could know its bottom line by the end of the weekend.
President Trump, his inner circle of present and former confidants and his family members may be out of immediate legal jeopardy after senior Justice Department official confirmed Friday that there will be no more indictments filed with federal courts.
Trump repeated his anti-Mueller mantra on the White House lawn saying: ‘There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. Everybody knows it. It’s all a big hoax. It’s all a witch hunt.’ In a rather surprising move President Trump Wednesday on FOX said he doesn’t mind if the Mueller report goes public
After 22 months the biggest convictions remain former Trump former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn, the President’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, along with former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen.
The Justice Department notified leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees before announcing the end of a 22-month-long saga focused on still-unproven allegations that Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with agents of Russia to improve his chances in the election.
Trump, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, has not seen any results from Mueller’s investigation. White House lawyers Pat Cipollone and Emmet Flood were with the president at his Mar-a-Lago resort club in Palm Beach, Florida when news wires lit up.
Attorney General Bill Barr’s office sent this is the letter to the chairs and ranking members of the Judiciary Committees, revealing the Mueller probe is over, late Friday
Newly appointed Attorney General Bill Barr [left] around 4.00 pm Friday took delivery of the results of the almost two-year long Mueller probe into the 2016 election and whether Russia helped elect President Trump [right]
White House press secretay Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president knows nothing of the contents of Mueller’s probe
President Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said he and the president’s other lawyers ‘are confident that there is no finding of collusion by the president.’
On the Democrat side Senate Intelligence Committee ranking Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia warned that ‘[a]ny attempt by the Trump Administration to cover up the results of this investigation into Russia’s attack on our democracy would be unacceptable.’
That sentiment could be bi-partisan as former Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley [R-Iowa], a Trump ally, Friday stated that the Mueller report should end speculation about whether or not the president’s campaign partnered with the Kremlin to deny Clinton the presidency.
‘[T]throughout this prolonged investigation, which cost tens of millions in taxpayer dollars and included aggressive surveillance tools, we still haven’t seen any evidence of collusion,’ Grassley said.
He also called on Barr to ‘provide Congress and the American people with the findings to finally put an end to the speculation and innuendo that has loomed over this administration since its earliest days.’
On Wednesday Trump told reporters that he would have no objection to the public release of Mueller’s findings.
‘I don’t mind,’ he said.
‘Let it come out,’ Trump declared. ‘Let people see it.’
In his letter to Judiciary Committee chairs and ranking minority members, Barr said he is ‘committed to as much transparency as possible.’
‘I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend,’ he wrote.
Barr added that he plans to consult with Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to decide what information ‘can be released to Congress and the public.’
The president’s lawyers said they were happy to see Mueller bring the investigation of the Trump administration to an end.
‘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,’ Giuliani and Jay Sekulow said.
Mueller’s report followed a series of signals that his expansive probe, which accumulated costs of $25 million through the end of 2018, was entering its final stages.
As the Trump White House braced for the outcome of the Special Counsel’s report, the president continued the tirade against his own Justice Department.
Meanwhile Mueller’s prosecutors had begun to hand off critical cases to other jurisdictions, including the Southern District of New York and the District of Columbia, both of which can continue their work long after Mueller’s office is shuttered.
Bill Barr’s letter notifying Congress that the Mueller probe is concluded
Attorney General William Barr delivered a letter to Congress on Friday notifying the leaders of the Judiciary committees that special counsel Robert Mueller had submitted his report on the Russia investigation.
Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member Collins:
I write to notify you pursuant to 28 C.F.R. 600.9(a)(3) that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters. In addition to this notification, the Special Counsel regulations require that I provide you with ‘a description and explanation of instances (if any) in which the Attorney General’ or acting Attorney General ‘concluded that a proposed action by a Special Counsel was so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued.’ 28 C.F.R. 600.9(a)(3). There were no such instances during the Special Counsel’s investigation.
The Special Counsel has submitted to me today a ‘confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions’ he has reached, as required by 28 C.F.R. 600.8(c). I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.
Separately, I intend to consult with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law, including the Special Counsel regulations, and the Department’s long-standing practices and policies. I remain committed to as much transparency as possible, and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review.
Finally, the Special Counsel regulations provide that ‘the Attorney General may determine that public release of’ this notification ‘would be in the public interest.’ 28 C.F.R. 600.9(c) I have so determined, and I will disclose this letter to the public after delivering it to you.
William P. Barr