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Justice Department: Mueller Delivers Russia Report To Attorney General

March 22, 2019 - 6:20 pm
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WASHINGTON (WCBS 880/AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his nearly two-year investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with associates of President Donald Trump. 

A senior Justice Department official has told CBS News that Mueller is not recommending any further indictments.
 
Mueller delivered his final report Friday to Attorney General William Barr, who will review it and then write his own summary of the findings which could be sent to Congress as soon as this weekend.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham expects that he and the panel's top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, will be briefed "in the coming days'' about Mueller's report. 

The South Carolina Republican says he was notified by the Justice Department that Mueller's report has been turned over and that Barr "will pursue as much transparency as possible.'' 
 
Mueller's report, still confidential, sets the stage for big public fights to come. The next steps are up to Trump's attorney general, Congress and, in all likelihood, federal courts. 

It's not clear how much of the report will become public or provided to Congress.

Earlier this week, Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told WCBS 880's Peter Haskell that it should all go to Congress "because they have a constitutional function to check the president."

"I think they should get the fruits of the investigation, so they can decide, within their constitutional duty what is right or what is not right for them to do," Bharara said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer released a joint statement saying it's "imperative'' to make the full report public. "The American people have a right to the truth," the statement read.

They say Barr must not give Trump, his lawyers or staff any "sneak preview'' of the findings or evidence. "The White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public,'' they say. 

“Now that special counsel Mueller has submitted his report to the attorney general, it's imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress,” Sen. Schumer said at a press conference late Friday.

He adds that the key to what happens next is transparency. The Senate minority leader believes Barr should not allow lawyers for President Trump to look at the report before the American people.

Schumer also said the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence should be made public.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., tells WCBS 880 all of the report should be released to the public immediately without any editing, scrubbing or redacting.

"The American people paid for this report they deserve to know everything that's in it," Blumenthal said. "Now that the report has been submitted to Attorney General Barr, his legacy and our democracy will depend on his being completely transparent."

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, also called on the report to be made public immediately.

Trump's legal team in a statement 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."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a tweet, "The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course. The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report."

The 22-month probe has shadowed Trump's presidency and resulted in felony charges against 34 people including six people who served on Trump's campaign.

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