According to a new report published by CNN, recently confirmed Attorney General William Barr will soon announce the end of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Barr is also expected to submit a supper of Muller’s report to Congress shortly after the end of the investigation, according to CNN’s sources, who they reported were familiar with the case.
“The preparations are the clearest indication, yet that Mueller is nearly done with his almost two-year investigation,” CNN reported.
“The scope and contours of what Barr will send to Congress remain unclear. Also unclear is how long it will take Justice officials to prepare what will be submitted to lawmakers.”
Both the Justice Department and the special counsel’s office declined CNN’s request for comment, however, Barr has indicated that he wishes to be as “transparent” as possible with Congress and the public, “consistent with the rules and the law.”
“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 reported.
“And, as Barr has made clear, the Justice Department generally guards against publicizing ‘derogatory’ information about uncharged individuals.”
Many are questioning how much of Mueller’s report will be shared with Congress, however, according to CNN’s report, Mueller is required to explain in his report his decisions about prosecutorial matters.
Additionally, Barr will need to inform Congress if the Justice Department interferes with the special counsel’s team efforts to pursue any investigation.
“While the Mueller investigation may soon come to a close, there continue to be court cases that will be handled by other federal prosecutors,” CNN reported.
“In addition, Mueller has referred certain matters that fell outside the scope of the Russia probe to other US Attorneys to pursue. Some of those investigations have already been revealed, including the investigation in New York into former Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.
“That probe has spawned subsequent federal investigations in New York into the Trump Organization and the Trump Inaugural Committee.”