No new fees are beneficial, a Justice Department official says.
Mr. Mueller didn’t counsel extra fees as a part of his investigation, when he delivered his findings to Mr. Barr on Friday. This caps the particular counsel’s fees at 199, filed towards 34 individuals and three corporations.
The “principal conclusions” of the particular counsel investigation, which Mr. Barr mentioned he would possibly have the option to share with lawmakers within the coming days, will not be doubtless to embody many particulars. In a letter to lawmakers, Mr. Barr mentioned he would seek the advice of with Mr. Mueller and the deputy legal professional basic, Rod J. Rosenstein, about what different info from the report might be launched.
The investigation is over. Now what?
Mr. Mueller’s report might be transient or a number of hundred pages. It is now up to Mr. Barr to resolve how a lot of it to share with Congress, and when.
The late Friday afternoon information dump in Washington is usually reserved area by these wishing to bury dangerous information. In the case of Mr. Mueller’s report, dangerous information is most assuredly within the eye of the beholder.
Trump’s attorneys supply a short assertion.
Shortly after the report was delivered, Jay Sekulow and Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s private attorneys, provided a short assertion:
“We’re pleased that the Office of Special Counsel has delivered its report to the Attorney General pursuant to the regulations,” they mentioned. “Attorney General Barr will determine the appropriate next steps.”
The Mueller investigation was closed with out Mr. Trump ever sitting for a proper interview. The president’s attorneys have been scared of what he would possibly say underneath penalty of perjury, and didn’t need him to sit for one. They anticipated that Mr. Mueller wouldn’t interact in a protracted battle to attempt to subpoena the president, and Mr. Mueller by no means did. The investigators did obtain written solutions to questions.
Among these touring with Mr. Trump to Florida aboard Air Force One on Friday was the brand new White House counsel, Pat Cipollone. The counsel’s workplace anticipates reviewing the report for potential points associated to govt privilege.
With the supply of the report looming, in Florida, on the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort, Mr. Trump and his high aides caught to enterprise as common: assembly with 5 Caribbean leaders, inserting a cellphone name to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and, after all, tweeting.
But a way of tension loomed, and Mr. Trump’s Twitter posts added to the confusion on a day wherein everybody round Mr. Trump was bracing for the top of the Russia investigation and what it would imply for his presidency. A complicated tweet by Mr. Trump at 1:22 p.m. appeared to roll again sanctions on North Korea, undermining his Treasury secretary, though later within the day, officers tried to make clear that Mr. Trump was speaking about sanctions that have been into account however not but introduced.
Aides have been ready to see what language Mr. Mueller’s group used within the report in regards to the president’s actions earlier than pushing forward with a extra vocal response.
Bipartisan calls for pour in to launch the complete report.
Mr. Trump has mentioned that the report needs to be made public. But lawmakers will not be relying on him.
In a joint assertion, the 2 high Democrats in Congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer mentioned that “it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress. Attorney General Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any ‘sneak preview’ of Special Counsel Mueller’s findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public.”
Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia and rating member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, echoed that sentiment.
“Congress and the American people deserve to judge the facts for themselves,” Mr. Warner mentioned. “The special counsel’s report must be provided to Congress immediately, and the attorney general should swiftly prepare a declassified version of the report for the public. Nothing short of that will suffice.”
He pointedly added, “Any attempt by the Trump administration to cover up the results of this investigation into Russia’s attack on our democracy would be unacceptable.”
Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, stopped wanting calling for full disclosure.
“I will work with Ranking Member Feinstein and our House Judiciary Committee colleagues to ensure as much transparency as possible, consistent with the law,” he mentioned.
Only a couple of Justice Department officers have seen the report.
Only a handful of regulation enforcement officers have seen the report, in accordance to a Justice Department spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec.
Justice Department officers notified the White House about 20 minutes earlier than telling lawmakers, Ms. Kupec mentioned.
A safety officer from the particular counsel’s workplace delivered the report to the deputy legal professional basic, Mr. Rosenstein, on Friday afternoon, and it was handed off to Mr. Barr inside minutes.
After high officers regarded via the report, Mr. Barr’s chief of workers, Brian Rabbitt, referred to as Emmet T. Flood, a lawyer representing the president within the Russia investigation, simply after four:30 p.m. to let him know that the division had the report.
While the White House was not given the report, Mr. Rabbitt gave Mr. Flood a readout of the letter that would be delivered to Congress. The letter included important details, including the fact that Mr. Barr’s summary of Mr. Mueller’s key findings be sent to legislators as early as Sunday evening. It also said that there were no instances when Mr. Rosenstein, the former acting attorney general, Matthew P. Whitaker, or Mr. Barr told Mr. Mueller that he could not pursue an investigative action.
The Justice Department said that the investigation was complete and that any department lawyers who were working on Mr. Mueller’s team would return to their positions. A small number of special counsel staff will remain on, to assist in closing the operations of the special counsel’s office. And Mr. Mueller himself will remain the special counsel as loose ends are tied up.
Democratic 2020 candidates focus on transparency.
Democratic presidential candidates wasted no time Friday evening demanding that the special counsel’s finding be made public immediately — and trying to build up their electronic lists of supporters by blasting out email about the report.
With no detailed information available about the report, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris sought to focus attention and pressure on how quickly Mr. Barr would release it.
“Attorney General Barr — release the Mueller report to the American public. Now,” Senator Warren wrote on Twitter.
“I am demanding the Mueller report be made immediately available for members of Congress and for the public. Anything short of full transparency will be detrimental to our country moving forward,” Senator Booker tweeted.
“Special counsel Mueller’s report should be made public without any delay,” Senator Gillibrand said. She also retweeted the news of the report along with three words: “See you Sunday.” That’s when Ms. Gillibrand is planning to formally kick off her campaign in front of Trump International Tower in New York.
Senator Harris, in addition to calling for the report to be released “immediately,” called on Attorney General Barr to “publicly testify under oath about the investigation and its findings.” And Senators Harris and Warren emailed supporters to sign their petitions calling for the report’s immediate release.
Five additional candidates — Senators Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders; former Representatives Beto O’Rourke and John Delaney; and Julián Castro — also called for the release of the full report.
“As Donald Trump said, ‘Let it come out,’” Senator Sanders wrote on Twitter. “I call on the Trump administration to make Special Counsel Mueller’s full report public as soon as possible. No one, including the president, is above the law.”
Fired F.B.I. director urges public to look beyond politics
Since the investigation began, Americans have been guessing about what, if anything, Mr. Mueller would uncover. Mr. Trump has used an all-purpose shorthand to describe his view of the inquiry: “witch hunt.”
James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director who was fired by Mr. Trump for his role in the investigation, in Op-Ed published Thursday in The New York Times, urged the country to look at the inquiry in a different way, beyond partisan politics.
“I am rooting for a demonstration to the world — and maybe most of all to our president and his enablers — that the United States has a justice system that works because there are people who believe in it and rise above personal interest and tribalism,” he wrote.
On television, cue the speculation
Throughout Friday, journalists waited anxiously for word of the delivery of the special counsel report to Mr. Barr. Cable news pundits and anchors filled airtime with speculations about whether the report would land on Friday and what it might say.
Then, just after 5 p.m., news came that the report had been delivered — without any hint about what it actually said. A CBS anchor broke into postgame coverage of the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament to inform viewers about the report’s arrival. On CNN, Wolf Blitzer read aloud from a printout of the letter that Mr. Barr had sent to members of Congress.
Democrats have already started investigating the president.
But several House committees have started investigations into the president’s possible connection to Russia, the role of several members of his family may have played, and a broad menu of other matters, including his personal finances.
How we got here.
The Mueller investigation has had many plotlines, crossing oceans and delivering indictments. It can be confusing to keep track of it all. Take a look at this story to help sort it out.
Here is what we know so far.
Trump undermined the report before it arrived.
Mr. Trump has been trying to lay the predicate for undermining the report. On Wednesday he said of Mr. Mueller, “But it’s sort of interesting that a man, out of the blue, just writes a report.”
Mr. Mueller did not randomly or arbitrarily decide to write a report. It is mandated by regulations on the appointment of a special counsel.
“At the conclusion of the special counsel’s work, he or she shall provide the attorney general with a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the special counsel,” the regulations say.
Then, in an interview aired on Fox on Friday, he went on to question the authority of the Justice Department to render a judgment on an elected official. “Well, it’s always interesting to me because a deputy that didn’t get any votes appoints a man that didn’t get any votes — he’s going to write a report on me,” Mr. Trump said. “Comey’s his best friend.”
The special counsel role is not an elected office, but the same can be said of the attorney general, deputy attorney general, or hundreds of other top officials serving in the government. Special counsels appointments occur when a potential conflict of interest arises from the executive branch of government investigating itself. Mr. Mueller was appointed by Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, who was in turn nominated by Mr. Trump.
James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, has denied that he is “best friends” with Mr. Mueller, and Mr. Comey’s lawyer has said the two men are friendly colleagues, but “don’t really have a personal relationship.” (Mr. Barr, however, has said that he and Mr. Mueller are personal friends.)
The beat goes on in the Southern District of New York.
The senior prosecutor who led the case against Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, announced Friday that he would leave his job as deputy United States attorney in Manhattan. Mr. Cohen has pleaded guilty to making hush payments to two women who said they had affairs with Mr. Trump. The case, which has the potential to threaten Mr. Trump’s presidency, is separate from the special counsel investigation and will continue.
Maggie Astor, Katie Benner, David Enrich, Carl Hulse, Maggie Haberman, Linda Qiu, Michael S. Schmidt and Michael D. Shear contributed reporting.
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