Mueller not recommending any more indictments
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 23, 2019,
Mar 23, 2019, 1:12
The Justice Department informed lawmakers in a brief letter that Mueller has submitted a confidential report to Attorney General William Barr detailing the decisions his team made to prosecute or not prosecute those who were investigated.
The report was not immediately made public - Mr Barr will have to decide how much to disclose - and it was not known if Mr Mueller found criminal conduct by Mr Trump or his campaign, beyond the charges already brought against several aides.
The probe is widely expected to end in the coming weeks, but Trump was focused on its beginnings rather than its conclusion, complaining about Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein's appointment of Mueller in May 2017.
The White House said that the next steps are up to Attorney General Barr and President Trump had not been briefed on the report.
The president, speaking to reporters on the White House lawn before leaving for meetings at his Florida estate, again repeated his claim that "There was no collusion". Also, did Trump take steps later, including by firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director, to obstruct the probe?
"We urge the Department of Justice to release the report swiftly, once it has minimally redacted any information that is properly withheld".
It's also not clear what Mueller uncovered about Trump's involvement or advance knowledge, if any, of WikiLeaks release of damaging information about Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
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The special counsel's case against Cohen revealed that Trump was negotiating to build a skyscraper in Moscow late into the 2016 campaign, contradicting statements from Trump at the time that he had nothing to do with the Russians.
"Let's just put on the screen everybody who's been found guilty or already indicted in the Mueller investigations". Is it because Mueller has concluded that the US president can't be indicted while in office?
■Barr has said that he would write his own account communicating Mueller's findings to Congress and the American public.
Trump fired Barr's predecessor, Jeff Sessions, in November after complaining for months about Sessions' 2017 decision to recuse himself from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. No president has every been removed from office via impeachment.
Mr Trump and other Republicans have repeatedly condemned the probe as a partisan "witch hunt".
Trump and his allies have spent almost two years trying to discredit Mueller.
And then there were those who were anxious about Mueller's personal life.