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Robert Mueller Report Is In: No New Charges

Special counsel submits it to attorney general, who may brief Congress this weekend
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2019 4:11 PM CDT
Updated Mar 22, 2019 5:51 PM CDT
A file photo of Robert Mueller.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – The Robert Mueller report is in. And while we won't know details for a while, one big one has leaked: The special counsel seeks no new indictments, reports the Washington Post and the New York Times. Mueller on Friday officially wrapped up his nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by submitting his report to Attorney General William Barr. The attorney general will now review it and summarize the findings for Congress, reports Politico. How much, if any, is released to the public is up to Barr. Mueller has been investigating whether anyone in President Trump's orbit cooperated with Russians during the campaign and whether Trump obstructed justice. Earlier Friday, Trump again criticized the Mueller inquiry, declaring "there was no collusion, there was no obstruction—everybody knows it. It's all a big hoax."

Barr told the leaders of the House and Senate judiciary panels in a letter that he was "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 he would consult with Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and Mueller to determine how much of the report will be released to Congress and the public. "I remain committed to as much transparency as possible, and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review," Barr wrote. Mueller has secured numerous convictions during his inquiry—including that of Trump's former campaign chief, Paul Manafort—though none was related to the election meddling, "leaving the question at the heart of the special counsel’s probe unanswered," per the Hill. (Read more Robert Mueller stories.)

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