Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General
Robert Mueller handed over Results of the Trump-Russia Investigation to the attorney General today. Trump asks for the full document to be made public.
Special counsel Robert Mueller presented his long-awaited report to the Justice Department on Friday, ending his nearly two-year investigation that has roiled the Trump presidency and likely setting up a battle with Congress over what he has found.
No details from the report on the investigation, which examined Trump campaign connections to Russian election interference and whether the president himself tried to obstruct justice, were immediately made public. Attorney General William Barr said in a letter to Congress that he may advise lawmakers of any conclusions from the report “as soon as this weekend.”
Mr. Barr has previously said he would bring as much transparency as possible to Mr. Mueller’s findings but stressed that Justice Department policy prevents officials from disclosing much about investigations that didn’t yield criminal charges. That means a swath of Mr. Mueller’s probe—especially as it relates to President Trump—may not be revealed any time soon.
The wide-ranging inquiry yielded criminal charges against 34 people and the convictions of five Trump advisers, including his former campaign chairman, his first national-security adviser and his personal lawyer, several of whom admitted to lying about contacts they had with Russians before Mr. Trump’s inauguration.
But the special counsel hasn’t made public any of his investigation as it relates directly to the president, who answered a series of written questions, setting up what are likely to be protracted disputes with congressional Democrats over access to all of the evidence Mr. Mueller compiled, even if it didn’t lead to any action.
Barr will likely spend the coming days combing through the report for information protected by grand-jury secrecy and other classified information, and assembling his own, abridged version to provide to Congress.
Make it Public
The Financial Times offered this snip.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump told reporters he was happy for it to be published. “Let it come out. Let people see it,” he said.
Indeed. And it should be easy enough. Trump has authority to declassify anything.
The only thing possibly worth redacting is investigations into others who were not charged.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock