Robert Mueller submits Russia report

By Meg Wagner, Brian Ries, Amanda Wills and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 2:27 p.m. ET, March 24, 2019
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5:41 p.m. ET, March 22, 2019

Schumer and Pelosi call on Barr to make the full report public

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just sent out a joint statement calling on Attorney General William Barr "to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress."

Here's their full statement:

“Now that 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. Attorney General Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any ‘sneak preview’ of Special Counsel Mueller's findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public.
“The Special Counsel’s investigation focused on questions that go to the integrity of our democracy itself: whether foreign powers corruptly interfered in our elections, and whether unlawful means were used to hinder that investigation. The American people have a right to the truth. The watchword is transparency.”

5:38 p.m. ET, March 22, 2019

Mitch McConnell: I hope Mueller's report helps "improve our efforts to protect our democracy"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hopes Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report "will help inform and improve our efforts to protect our democracy" since many believe that Russia "poses a significant threat to American interests."

"I am grateful we have an experienced and capable Attorney General in place to review the Special Counsel’s report," he said in a statement.

Here's McConnell's full statement:

“I welcome the announcement that the Special Counsel has finally completed his investigation into Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 elections. Many Republicans have long believed that Russia poses a significant threat to American interests. I hope the Special Counsel’s report will help inform and improve our efforts to protect our democracy.
I am grateful we have an experienced and capable Attorney General in place to review the Special Counsel’s report. Attorney General Barr now needs the time to do that.
 “The Attorney General has said he intends to provide as much information as possible. As I have said previously, I sincerely hope he will do so as soon as he can, and with as much openness and transparency as possible.”
5:33 p.m. ET, March 22, 2019

Trump's lawyers: "We're pleased" Mueller has delivered the report

From CNN's Evan Perez

 

Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, counselors to President Trump, released a brief statement.

“We’re pleased that the Office of Special Counsel has delivered its report to the Attorney General pursuant to the regulations. Attorney General Barr will determine the appropriate next steps.”

5:29 p.m. ET, March 22, 2019

Watch Wolf Blitzer read the letter Barr sent Judiciary leaders

CNN's Wolf Blitzer just read the letter Attorney General Bill Barr sent House and Senate judiciary leaders, telling them he remains committed "to as much transparency as possible" and would keep them informed "as to the status of my review."

Watch the moment:

5:30 p.m. ET, March 22, 2019

White House staffers huddled on Mar-a-Lago's patio waiting for Mueller report to drop

From CNN's Liz Landers 

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Several White House staffers, including press secretary Sarah Sanders and deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, were huddling on the patio of Mar-a-Lago as the special counsel's report was delivered to Attorney General William Barr, a source with knowledge said.

Moments ago, Sanders tweeted:

"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." 

The source says President Trump was not outside with the staff. 

However, earlier this afternoon he refused to take questions on the report during a meeting with Caribbean leaders. 

5:25 p.m. ET, March 22, 2019

White House lawyers are with the President

From CNN's Pamela Brown

The White House lawyers, including White House counsel Pat Cipollone, are with the President at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. 

5:22 p.m. ET, March 22, 2019

White House has not been briefed on the Mueller report yet

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House has not yet been briefed on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.

"We look forward to the process taking its course," she tweeted.

5:22 p.m. ET, March 22, 2019

Barr may tell lawmakers "principal conclusions" of the report as soon as this weekend

From CNN's Laura Jarrett

In a letter to House and Senate judiciary leaders, Attorney General William Barr tells them, “I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.”

Barr also informed lawmakers that at no time did the Justice Department leaders tell the special counsel that a proposed action “was so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued.” 

"There were no such instances during the Special Counsel’s investigation," Barr wrote.
5:21 p.m. ET, March 22, 2019

"Only a few" have seen the Mueller report so far, Justice official says

From CNN's Laura Jarrett

 

A Justice Department official said "only a few people" have seen the report so far. 

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is planning to call special counsel Robert Mueller and thank him for his work, the official said.