Justice Department: Mueller Report Could Be Done As Early As Next Week

Special counsel Robert Mueller.Official White House Photo by Pete Souza/Public Domain

Attorney General William Barr is preparing to announce the completion of the Russia investigation as early as next week.

Special counsel Robert Mueller could wrap up his investigation as early as next week, CNN reported on Wednesday, with Attorney General William Barr planning to hand Congress a summary of Mueller’s final report shortly thereafter.

Sources familiar with the plans told CNN that Barr is preparing to announce the investigation’s closure, though the timing of that announcement remains fluid.

The precise scope of Barr’s report to Congress is unclear, as is the timing of that report’s preparation within the Justice Department — which could also be impacted by President Donald Trump’s planned trip to Vietnam for a second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The attorney general said previously that his goal is to be as “transparent” as possible "consistent with the rules and the law” in drawing up his report for both Congress and the American people.

CNN said special counsel regulations require that “Mueller must submit a ‘confidential’ report to the attorney general at the conclusion of his work, but the rules don't require it to be shared with Congress, or by extension, the public.”

Regulations also require that Mueller’s report explain “all decisions to prosecute or not prosecute matters under scrutiny.”

Barr, who has indicated the Justice Department generally avoids making public any “derogatory” information about uncharged individuals, will also be required to inform Congress if the DOJ inhibited the special counsel from taking any steps during the investigation.

Despite the impending close of the Russia investigation, CNN said the D.C. US Attorney's office “has stepped in to work on cases that may continue longer than Mueller is the special counsel.”

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