Robert Mueller submits final report to Attorney General William Barr
- Author: Tracy Klein Mar 23, 2019,
Mar 23, 2019, 1:42
The report was not immediately made public - Barr will have to decide how much to disclose - and it was not known if Mueller found criminal conduct by Trump or his campaign, beyond the charges already brought against several aides. The next steps are up to Trump's attorney general, to Congress and, in all likelihood, federal courts.
The president expressed openness earlier this week to the report's public release but has also said that ultimate authority regarding to the report's dissemination rest with his newly-installed Attorney General William Barr.
In a letter to Congress, Mr Barr said he may be able to report back the principal conclusions by the weekend. Shortly after news of its submission, however, the ACLU demanded the report not be concealed from the voting public.
The president has repeatedly blasted the investigation as a "witch hunt" and has maintained his innocence, stating since May 2017 that there was "no collusion" between himself, or members of his campaign, and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.
With the president still uncertain about what the report may say about him, the White House was preparing for multiple contingencies.
While Mueller's investigation is finished, the investigations into Trump, his business and his administration are far from over. He examined whether Trump's 2016 campaign conspired with Russian Federation and whether the president unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. "The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel's report".
No details of Mr Mueller's report have been released. The report will now be reviewed by Barr, who has said he will write his own account communicating Mueller's findings to Congress and the American public. Barr also informed Congress in a letter that the investigation was finished.
He mercilessly harangued former attorney general Jeff Sessions for recusing from the Russian Federation investigation two months before Mueller was named special counsel, a move that left the president without a perceived loyalist atop the probe. Federal prosecutors, also in NY, have been investigating foreign contributions made to the president's inaugural committee. "We're going do everything in our legal and legislative powers to compel them to release the documents" said one House Democratic leadership aide. Last spring, for example, the special counsel's office shared information related to Cohen with the USA attorney's office for the Southern District of NY. "It's all a big hoax".