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Trump Delivers Nearly 200-Word Diatribe About Mueller Investigation, Says Nothing Much

Trump Delivers Nearly 200-Word Diatribe About Mueller Investigation, Says Nothing Much

Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has finished his report into whether Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Attorney General William Barr is required only to say the investigation has concluded and describe or explain any times when he or Rosenstein decided an action Mueller proposed "was so inappropriate or unwarranted" that it should not be pursued.

Mueller's report, still confidential, sets the stage for big public fights to come.

In a letter to lawmakers, Mr Barr said Mr Mueller had concluded the probe, that he is reviewing the report and will be consulting the deputy attorney general and Mr Mueller to determine what information from it can be released to Congress. Key House Democrats have said that the full report that Mueller submitted to Barr should be made public, and they intend to subpoena for the document - and Mueller's underlying evidence - if it is not handed over to Congress.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russian Federation investigation that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency, entangled his family and resulted in criminal charges against some of this closest associates.

"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", Barr said in his letter the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate Judiciary committees.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said that the report should be released "without delay", and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-N.Y.) and Sen.

In an interview with Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo that aired Friday, Trump seemed to be bracing for the possibility that he could be accused of having obstructed justice, arguing, as he has before, that his "fighting" back should not be considered obstruction.

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President Trump has insisted that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian interests, a refrain that he repeated often as he relentlessly attacked Mueller's work as politically motivated and an overreach.

But Friday's reports suggest that any further charges will not come from the special counsel, if they come at all.

Trump fired Flynn in February 2017 after it emerged that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his dealings with the then-Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

This completes the Mueller investigation, though not its outgrowth in the office of the USA attorney for the Southern District of NY.

In a joint statement, they said Barr must not give Trump, his lawyers or staff any "sneak preview" of the findings or evidence. 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". Trump Jr. was even reported to have told close associates at one point that he expected to be indicted. So has Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

On Capitol Hill, Cohen testified publicly last month, accusing Trump of directing him to issue hush-money payments to two women alleging affairs, which Trump has denied, and alleging Trump committed financial fraud.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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