Special counsel Robert Mueller's much-anticipated report -- the product of nearly two years of investigation -- will not include any further indictments, according to a senior Department of Justice official.
The report was handed to the Justice Department for Attorney General Bill Barr’s review, and Congress has been notified of the transfer late Friday afternoon, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman.
According to federal regulations, the special counsel's final report should be "a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel."
After reviewing Mueller's report, Barr will then send what he has described as his own "report" on the Mueller investigation to the top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate judiciary committees. Barr has promised to be as transparent as possible, but it's unclear how extensive or detailed Barr's own "report" to Congress will be.
In a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, Barr wrote that he is reviewing the report and anticipates that he "may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend." He continued that, separately, he intends to "consult with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law."
Sources who have spoken to President Donald Trump told ABC News that his initial reaction to Friday’s news was that he's “glad it’s over."
"The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course. The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted on Friday afternoon.
Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, counselors to the president also said in a statement that they are "pleased" the report was delivered.
Mueller and his team investigated how far the Kremlin went to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including trying to determine whether any Americans may have helped those efforts.
At the heart of Mueller’s probe were two Russian operations: the spread of disinformation on social media, and the release of thousands of sensitive emails stolen by hackers from the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic targets.
Mueller’s team has charged 25 Russian nationals and three foreign companies for their alleged role in those operations.
In appointing a special counsel to investigate, however, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also directed Mueller to look into “allegations” of possible “coordination” between Russian operatives and associates of President Donald Trump.
Over and over again, Trump and his Republican allies have derided the investigation as a “witch hunt.” But Rosenstein, FBI Director Chris Wray and now-attorney general William Barr have each explicitly disputed that description.
More at https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/special-counsel-robert-muellers-highly-anticipated-report-handed/story?id=61147281
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New incoming investigations:
The committee is looking into obstruction of justice, corruption, or abuse of power claims against the president.
The committee is investigating the administration's use of security clearances - including reports that Trump overruled officials to get clearance for his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
House Ways and Means
Democrats in this committee are preparing to ask for the president's tax returns - which he has refused to release since his campaign days.
House Foreign Affairs
The committee has requested all documents relating to Trump's conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and will also soon reportedly look into whether the president's foreign businesses have impacted his policy decisions.
Like the Senate, the House is also looking into Russian interference - but they will also investigate any Russian links to Trump or his inner circle.
House Financial Services
The committee will reportedly be looking into any connections with the Trump Organization and Deutsche Bank
as a part of an inquiry into alleged money laundering by the Organization.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 37% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -4.