No further indictments recommended
After what seems like at least 16 forevers, Rober Mueller has finally submitted the report detailing his long investigation into alleged collusion between President Trump, his associates, and Russian officials.
No word yet on when the details of his report will be made public.
From NBC News:
Special counsel Robert Mueller has wrapped up his nearly two-year investigation into Donald Trump and Russia and sent his report to Attorney General Barr.
No details of Mueller’s findings have been released, and it is not clear how soon the public will see them.
The transmission of the report to Barr concludes an investigation that has resulted in the indictments of 34 people, infuriated the president and thrown the administration into turmoil.
The long-awaited development comes almost two years after Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” and “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”
To date, 34 people and three companies have been criminally charged in the sprawling probe, including Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn; former campaign chairman Paul Manafort; former political adviser Roger Stone; former personal lawyer Michael Cohen; and numerous Russian nationals. There have been a number of guilty pleas and convictions — but none of the charges have directly accused anyone in Trump’s orbit of conspiring with the Russian intelligence operation to help Trump get elected in 2016.
It’s unclear how detailed Mueller’s report is, or when his conclusions may become public. According to Justice Department guidelines, his confidential report to the attorney general is supposed to explain “the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the special counsel.”
The attorney general is required to report Mueller’s findings to Congress “with an outline of the actions and the reasons for them,” the guidelines say, but it’s unclear how long that may take.
From AG Barr:
Attorney General William Barr letter to House & Senate Judiciary Committees Chairs & Ranking Members on Mueller Report pic.twitter.com/2XAlkLnBgT
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 22, 2019
McConnell on the report:
“I welcome the announcement that the Special Counsel has finally completed his investigation into Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 elections. Many Republicans have long believed that Russia poses a significant threat to American interests. I hope the Special Counsel’s report will help inform and improve our efforts to protect our democracy.
“I am grateful we have an experienced and capable Attorney General in place to review the Special Counsel’s report. Attorney General Barr now needs the time to do that.
“The Attorney General has said he intends to provide as much information as possible. As I have said previously, I sincerely hope he will do so as soon as he can, and with as much openness and transparency as possible.”
In case you're wondering what's in the Mueller report, after two years of deranged conspiracy-mongering about how Trump committed treason and stole an election that belonged to Hillary Clinton, the report was quietly dumped on a Friday afternoon in the middle of March Madness.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) March 22, 2019
Reports of Trump’s reaction:
Sources who have spoken to the President tell @ABC News his initial reaction to today’s news is “glad it’s over”.
— John Santucci (@Santucci) March 22, 2019
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE COLLUSION?!?!
Breaking: Mueller is not recommending any further indictments, says a Sr. Justice Department official.
— Del Quentin Wilber (@DelWilber) March 22, 2019
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