Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE has delivered his confidential report to Attorney General William Barr, signaling the end of a two-year investigation that has dominated ‘s term in office.
Barr must now decide whether to release the report or parts of it to Congress or the public, or to instead release his own summary of Mueller’s findings.
The White House said Trump has not been briefed on the report.
“The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report.”
Trump’s personal attorneys, Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, also said they were awaiting Barr’s decision.
“We’re pleased that the Office of Special Counsel has delivered its report to the Attorney General pursuant to the regulations,” the two said in a statement. “Attorney General Barr will determine the appropriate next steps.”
The attorney general said during his confirmation hearing that he would make public as much about Mueller’s inquiry as possible consistent with the law, but he was careful not to commit to releasing the report in its entirety.
Trump has said he will defer to Barr, who was confirmed in February, on whether to release Mueller’s report, but has continued to attack the investigation.
“I have a deputy, appoints a man to write a report on me, to make a determination on my presidency,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network airing Friday. “People will not stand for it.”
The Mueller probe began shortly after Trump fired FBI Director , who was in charge of the bureau’s original probe.
Mueller’s investigation explored the possibility of collusion in the 2016 presidential election between Moscow and Trump’s campaign, and whether Trump obstructed justice.
Mueller, a former FBI director himself who earned broad respect from current and former officials as well as members of Congress, has proceeded with his probe quietly for 22 months amid frequent and biting attacks from the president and his allies.
It has secured a conviction against former Trump campaign chairman and guilty pleas from former Trump campaign aide Richard Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump’s former personal attorney .
Manafort, who at one point cooperated with Mueller, was sentenced to a total of 7 1/2 years in prison in mid-March.
Still, none of the offenses alleged by prosecutors included conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow to meddle in the election, leaving the question at the heart of the special counsel’s probe unanswered.
Trump has also long denied that his campaign colluded with the Kremlin to interfere in the election. He has consistently derided the investigation as a “witch hunt,” casting it as a probe run by officials biased against him. The president publicly berated his first attorney general, , for recusing himself from the investigation, attacks that eventually precipitated Sessions’s resignation last November.
Six associates of Trump and his campaign were ultimately charged in connection the investigation with false statements, obstruction, financial crimes and other offenses.
Republican operative , a longtime friend and informal adviser to Trump, was the most recent person to be charged in the investigation for lying about his communications regarding WikiLeaks and other offenses. Stone plans to fight the charges and is slated for a November trial in federal court in Washington, D.C.
Mueller also unveiled charges against more than a dozen Russians who ran a troll farm in St. Petersburg, Russia, that spread divisive content to American audiences on social media as part of a broader plot to interfere in the election. And the special counsel indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the emails of high-level Democrats.