“The watchword is transparency.”
After a nearly two-year long investigation into President Donald Trump and Russia, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report to Attorney General Robert Barr and closed down his office.
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While no details have yet been made available regarding Mueller’s report, Barr revealed in a letter Friday that he might be able to advise lawmakers “of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.”
In a statement issued by Trump’s attorneys, Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani, said they were “pleased that the Office of Special Counsel has delivered its report to the Attorney General pursuant to the regulations.”
Mueller’s controversial investigation, which has rankled Trump and Republicans, has thus far resulted in the indictments of 34 individuals.
It’s been 674 days since Mueller was tasked with probing “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.” During the investigation, Mueller, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May of 2017, refrained from speaking to the public and relied on court filings and indictments to lay out his team’s findings.
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Trump has repeatedly insisted the Special Counsel’s probe was a politically motivated “witch hunt” spearheaded by “angry Democrats.” And while Mueller obtained convictions against Trump associates such as Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and Michael Cohen, the president and his supporters have maintained throughout that the investigation failed to prove he’d colluded with Russia to secure his 2016 election victory.
Meanwhile, Democrats have accused the president of attempting to obstruct the investigation. Prominent House Democrats have already called for the publicization of the Special Counsel’s report, announcing their intention to subpoena for the document in the event it is not made available to Congress.
In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said “it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation to Congress.”
Pelosi and Schumer warned Barr against giving Trump and his staff any “sneak preview” of Mueller’s findings. “The Special Counsel’s investigation focused on questions that go to the integrity of our democracy itself,” they said. “The American people have a right to the truth. The watchword is transparency,” they added.
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