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Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report is complete, nearly two years after he was named to oversee the investigation into obstruction and collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and literally anything else that came up.
On Friday afternoon, the Department of Justice has notified the key lawmakers that Attorney General William Barr has received the report.
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Barr has told congressional leaders he is "reviewing the report and anticipate that [he] may be in a position to advise [them] of the special counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend."
Following a review, a debate will ensue between Barr, the White House and lawmakers over how much of the report will be made public.
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Of note, Barr told Congress in a letter that Mueller did not overreach his mandate during his investigation.
"Robert S. Mueller III 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 instances (if any) in which teh Attorney General" or acting Attorney General "concluded that a proposed action by a Special Counsel was so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued."
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"There were no such instances," writes Barr.
In total, Mueller was able to net five guilty pleas for crimes almost exclusively unrelated to wrongdoing by President Trump or his campaign, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and former national security adviser Micahel Flynn.
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the full extent of what Mueller learned hasn’t been revealed -- and may not be if he or Barr decide to withhold details that the special counsel didn’t feel involved crimes he felt he could prosecute.
We look forward to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and other Democratic lawmakers, who now control the house, continuing the...
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