Robert Mueller submits Russia report
Attorney General Bill Barr will continue reviewing special counsel Robert Mueller’s confidential report today at the Justice Department, according to a Justice official.
Barr arrived at the Justice Department shortly before 10 a.m., ET.
In his letter to lawmakers on Friday, Barr wrote that he may be able to release the "principal conclusions" of the report as soon as this weekend.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's motorcade arrived at the Justice Department shortly after Barr.
Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, vowed to "argue vociferously" to have special counsel Robert Mueller testify before the House Judiciary Committee.
Cicilline told CNN Mueller's testimony would be valuable because he'd able to "walk the country through the report, walk the country through the findings he made, the evidence he collected, the conclusions he came to."
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The Republican National Committee is putting a positive spin on special counsel Robert Muller’s report Friday evening.
In talking points provided to its lists of supporters and obtained by CNN, the RNC says, “After two years, millions of taxpayer dollars, and multiple Congressional investigations confirming there was no collusion, it’s good this report has finally concluded.”
Though the reports findings have yet to be made public, the RNC is emphasizing that Mueller is not recommending any new indictments. Additionally, the talking points highlight that, “Since day one, the White House and Trump campaign have cooperated with investigators, turned over millions of pages of documents and participated in dozens of interviews.”
The talking points also slam the “dead wrong” speculation that there was interference with the special counsel during the investigation.
“As Attorney General Barr noted, the special counsel was able to complete the report without interference from the Department of Justice,” the talking points say.
The RNC also calls on Democrats to “drop their politically-motivated calls for never-ending investigations.”
The Electronic Privacy Information Center has sued the Department of Justice to release special counsel Robert Mueller's final report to Attorney General William Barr regarding the prosecutorial decisions in his investigation— and other nonpublic records from the investigation.
The new Freedom of Information Act lawsuit came less than two hours after the Justice Department announced the Mueller investigation’s wrapped up Friday night.
The group also points out to the court a number of other documents Mueller was to prepare and transmit to the attorney general during his tenure.
The group first asked the Justice Department in November 2018 for a wide swath of non-public records in the special counsel investigation.
The Justice Department said the unusual circumstances of the request allowed the agency more time to decide what to release — but DOJ also noted it could not “identify a particular urgency” to get information to the public quickly, according to the lawsuit.
Many other lawsuits already exist in the same federal court, from other groups seeking slivers of documents and disclosures related to Mueller’s investigation. Some have been successful to a limited extent, winning the public release so far of emails between the special counsel’s office and the media, and, in other situations, the unsealing of some court records, for instance.
The White House and President Trump's advisers are already framing today’s development as a positive sign.
One person told CNN “we won” and that the campaign has been absolved because there weren’t any charges related to conspiracy or obstruction.
“Zero indictments means we’re clear,” the source said. The source also said it’s an embarrassment for Democrats.
One White House official added “the fat lady has sung.”
The official also pointed out not one single Trump associate has been (or will be) charged with any collusion or any wrongdoing on the campaign or while Trump was in office.
The source added that it’s “absolutely embarrassing” for Democrats and the media who have been saying collusion for more than two years.
A Trump campaign adviser told CNN that "it’s a great day for America ... we won.”
Attorney General William Barr has left for the evening, a Justice Department official said.
Earlier today, a department official said Barr was reading special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
Peter Carr, spokesman for the special counsel’s office, said Mueller "will be concluding his service in the coming days."
Lawmakers are expected to receive the principal conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, in writing, from Attorney General William Barr this weekend, according to a Justice Department official.
And that distillation from Barr will be made public, the official said.