Special counsel Robert Mueller at long last has turned over his final report to the Justice Department, according to The New York Times.
Attorney General William Barr informed Congress via letter on Friday stating that he was in possession of the report and would brief them on the special counsel’s findings possible as early as the weekend.
“I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend,” Barr wrote to the leadership of the House and Senate Judiciary committees.
It now remains to be seen how much of the Russia report will be shared with Congress, and in turn, how much will be made public. Barr reiterated his stance that he remains “committed to as much transparency as possible” in releasing information to the American people.
The Times said those who know Mueller believe his report will be concise and free of opinion, concentrating only on his mandate “to explain his decisions to either seek or decline to seek criminal charges in a confidential report to the attorney general.”
Americans anxiously awaiting Mueller’s findings might be disappointed not to see any mention of Trump within its pages, the Times noted: “The department’s longstanding practice, with rare exceptions, is not to identify people who were merely investigative targets in order to avoid unfairly tainting their reputations, especially because they would have no chance to defend themselves in a court of law.”
Trump has repeatedly railed against the special counsel investigation, tweeting on average twice a day about a probe he refers to as a “hoax” and “witch hunt.”
This week, despite wrongly stating that Mueller was writing a report “out of the blue”, Trump said the report should be made public because people want to know what Mueller found.
“Let people see it,” Mr. Trump said. “There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. There was no nothing.”