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A senior U.S. Justice Department official on Friday shot down expectations that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office will deliver a highly anticipated report next week on its investigation into possible Russian interference in U.S. elections.
'Any reports that the Special Counsel's report will be delivered to the DOJ during the week of February 28 are incorrect,' the official said.
CNN - Wednesday - Justice - Department - Week
CNN reported on Wednesday that the Justice Department may announce as early as next week that Mueller had given Attorney General William Barr his report. Barr would review the findings and submit his own summary to Congress, CNN reported.
'It's not surprising that they would not issue a report while the president is in Vietnam engaged in high-stakes international diplomacy,' said a person close to the administration, referring to President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.
Denial - End - Mueller - Probe - Day
The denial of an imminent end to Mueller's probe came on a day when Mueller was due Friday to deliver a final sentencing memorandum in the case of Paul Manafort, the disgraced former Trump campaign chairman who faces decades in prison for bank and tax fraud, among other convictions.
Mueller could choose to turn the last public filing of his tenure into a treasure trove of details that would otherwise remain secret.
End - Threat - Mueller - Report - Week
Meanwhile, regardless of the end to the threat of receiving Mueller's report next week, Barr is on the cusp of staring down what will almost certainly be the most consequential decision of his long career.
The position catapults him, on the job just one week, from Justice Department outsider free to theorize and speculate on the special counsel's investigation to the man at the center of the legal and political firestorm that will accompany its looming conclusion.
Deputy - Attorney - General - Rod - Rosenstein
With Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein preparing to exit after supervising the day-to-day investigation for nearly two years, and with...
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