Robert Mueller submits Russia report
Attorney General William Barr is still at the Justice Department, and he's reading special counsel Robert Mueller's report, a Justice official said.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was expected to leave the Justice Department sometime in mid-March, doesn’t have a departure date at this time.
Special counsel Robert Mueller "will be concluding his service in the coming days," according to Peter Carr, spokesman for the special counsel’s office.
Carr went on to say, "A small number of staff will remain to assist in closing the operations of the office for a period of time.”
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer just spoke to reporters about special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
Schumer again called for the report's release.
“Now that the special counsel Mueller has submitted his report to the attorney general it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public, and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress,” Schumer said.
Earlier today, Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a joint statement calling on Attorney General William Barr "to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress."
Watch his statement:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff said on Friday that his panel was willing to subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller, if needed, in order to obtain a clearer picture of the contents of his final report.
"If necessary, we will call Bob Mueller or others before our committee," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, predicting that the Judiciary Committee may summon Attorney General Bill Barr for testimony as well.
Barr received Mueller's completed report Friday, and could brief House committee leaders on its key conclusion as soon as this weekend.
"At the end of the day, the (Justice) department is under a statutory obligation to provide our committee with any information regarding significant intelligence activities, including counterintelligence. And it's hard to imagine anything more significant than what Bob Mueller has been investigating."
"This began as a counterintelligence investigation by the FBI. It began as the same in our committee, and we have a right to be informed and we will demand to be informed about it," he added.
Schiff did not say whether the Mueller's potential testimony would occur behind closed doors or publicly.
Hear the moment:
As President Trump and White House officials digest the news that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has concluded, Republican donors are milling about Mar-a-Lago.
The Palm Beach GOP dinner is being held at Mar-a-Lago tonight. Attendees have been hanging around by the pool for a pre-reception and watching as White House officials come and go, one source at Mar-a-Lago said.
So far: There is no sighting of the President.
Special counsel spokesman Peter Carr confirmed there are 10 remaining prosecutors under special counsel Robert Mueller.
Six are on detail from the Justice Department and four joined the office directly from private practice.
Carr at this time is referring all other questions to the Department of Justice.
These are the prosecutors who are on detail:
- Rush Atkinson: He's the prosecutor involved in the Roger Stone and Michael Cohen cases and the cases against the Russians.
- Michael Dreeben: He's a senior appellate attorney and handles arguments in some appeal and trial-level Mueller cases.
- Adam Jed: He's an appellate attorney who works closely with Dreeben.
- Elizabeth Prelogar: She's an appellate attorney who also works closely with Dreeben.
- Andrew Goldstein: He's a senior prosecutor in the unit and was involved in the Stone, Cohen and George Papadopoulos prosecutions.
- Aaron Zelinsky: He is prosecuting Roger Stone and has been seen at court for non-public matters twice this month. He was also involved in the Papadopoulos case.
There’s a larger number of staffers with President Trump in Palm Beach this weekend than normal, sources tell CNN.
Not only is he joined by several members of his legal team, including heavy weights Pat Cipollone and Emmet Flood, but also other members of the legal team, both press secretaries and several other officials.
What usually happens: Typically, when the President travels to his Mar-a-Lago resort, only a handful of staffers join him.
The halls of the West Wing were quiet today as officials waited for the Justice Department to announce that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was over.
Several say they were surprised that Attorney General William Barr said he could provide information about the report “as soon as this weekend,” but feel it signals good news for the White House.