BREAKING: DOJ Prepares for Mueller Report as Early as Next Week
The Justice Department is preparing for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to submit his report on the Russian cyber attack on the 2016 presidential election, along with President Donald Trump’s alleged involvement and obstruction of justice, as soon as next week, according to individuals familiar with the investigation.
CNN reported on Wednesday that Attorney General William Barr is planning on submitting a summary of Mueller’s findings to Congress after it is reviewed by the DOJ.
Barr has promised to be “transparent” with the American people and pledges to be “consistent with the rules and the law.” It should be noted, however, that the attorney general is not required to share anything with Congress or the public.
“Under the special counsel regulations, 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,” CNN wrote. “And, as Barr has made clear, the Justice Department generally guards against publicizing “derogatory” information about uncharged individuals.”
No specific timeline for the review or the subsequent summary is available. The Justice Department and special counsel’s office both declined requests by CNN for comment.
Katelyn Polantz, one of the three CNN reporters who broke the story, wrote on Twitter that the special counsel’s office has been buzzing with activity as a winter storm paralyzes the Washington, DC metro area.
NEW: As Mueller gets ready to wrap up, here's what we've seen @CNNPolitics:
– Boxes carried out of the SCO
– No grand jury meetings since Stone indictment
– SCO prosecutors still coming in on holidays/snow days + additional DOJ prosecutors dropping by https://t.co/zrFE6JRTCT pic.twitter.com/ser0mX3cph
— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) February 20, 2019