Special counsel Robert Mueller handed off his confidential Russia report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, Barr confirmed in a letter to Congress. Barr said that he was writing to notify Congress that Mueller has “concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters.”
“In addition to this notification, the Special Counsel regulations require that I provide you with ‘a description and explanation of instance (if any) in which the Attorney General’ or acting Attorney General ‘concluded that proposed action by a Special Counsel was so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued,'” Barr said.
He confirmed that he received Mueller’s “confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions.” Barr said that he is “reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principle conclusions as soon as this weekend.”
Finally, Barr said that he intends to speak with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel in the first place. He said they and Mueller would discuss “what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law,” all while adhering to the DOJ’s “long-standing practices and policies.”
One of these practices Rosenstein previously stressed the importance of is not dragging the names of uncharged individuals through the mud.
You can read the rest of the letter below:
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