Mueller ends investigation, next steps uncertain

Mueller ends investigation, next steps uncertain

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Since Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III was appointed in May 2017, President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to the investigation as a "witch hunt." (White House photo by Pete Souza)

WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties with Russia has come to an end, the Justice Department confirmed in a letter to Congress.

The highly anticipated report was delivered to the department Friday evening. Now, it will be up to Attorney General William Barr to determine how much of the report, if any, will be made public.

Barr told lawmakers that he could provide information on the report to Congress as soon as this weekend. He also said that he will consult with outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Mueller over what should be released.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the West Wing has not received or been briefed on the report’s contents.

“The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course,” Sanders said.

Trump flew to his Palm Beach, Fla. Friday morning to spend the weekend at his estate, Mar-a-Largo. Trump said earlier this week that he would like to see the report widely released, reiterating that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia or any attempt to obstruct justice.

There have been signs in the past week that the nearly two-year-long investigation could be coming to an end, most notably the departure of Andrew Weissmann, one of the team’s top prosecutors.

Mueller was initially appointed special counsel in May of 2017, coming on the heels of James Comey’s ouster as FBI director.

His investigation has lead to 37 indictments, including 34 for individuals and three for companies.

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