New Attorney General Bill Barr will announce the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion investigation as early as next week, according to CNN.
CNN on Wednesday cited “people familiar with the plans” saying Barr plans to give Congress a summary of the results.
“The preparations are the clearest indication yet that Mueller is nearly done with his almost two-year investigation,” CNN reported.
Most of the details, however, were unclear, CNN said, and the Justice Department and Mueller’s office would not comment.
Previously, Barr told Congress he wants to be as transparent as possible, but he would not provide a blanket promise to release the full report, because he wanted to stay “consistent with the rules and the law.”
Mueller is required to submit a confidential report to Barr, but the attorney general is not required to forward it to Congress or the public.
The Hill reported James Clapper, who was Barack Obama’s director of national intelligence and is a harsh critic of President Trump, isn’t sure Mueller will clear up questions about the president and Russia.
One of the foundations of the probe was an unverified, opposition-research “dossier” funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign that Obama Justice Department and FBI officials presented as evidence to a secret court to spy on the Trump 2016 campaign.
Mueller, while appointed to investigate claims of collusion with Russia, in nearly two years has produced no evidence. Instead, he’s charged a variety of individual with process crimes such as lying under oath.
Clapper said: “I think the hope is that the Mueller investigation will clear the air on this issue once and for all. I’m really not sure it will, and the investigation, when completed, could turn out to be quite anti-climactic and not draw a conclusion about that.”
Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, on a book tour, has said he believes it’s possible Trump is a Russian asset.
However, he was dismissed from the agency for lying just hours before he could officially retire.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who has been unwavering in his belief that there was “collusion,” said Mueller’s report likely won’t end the matter for him.
He affirmed the House Intel Committee now is launching a sweeping investigation of Trump and Russia.
“These guys, the investigators, ought to be in jail. What they have done, working with the Obama intelligence agencies, is simply unprecedented,” the president tweeted.
Mueller could be facing issues of his own.
Roger Stone, one of his targets, has accused the special counsel’s team of violating the law by releasing details of an indictment against Stone in violation of a federal court order.
According to the Gateway Pundit, a court filing from Stone’s attorneys shows CNN was in possession of a sealed indictment long before the court ordered its release.
“For weeks, we have been hearing CNN claim again and again that their presence at Stone’s home ahead of the FBI’s pre-dawn raid was a combination of ‘luck’ and good reporting. They have since built on that fairy-tale, describing their propagandist filming of Stone’s arrest the result of watching ‘unusual grand jury activity’ in the days leading up to January 25th,” the report said.
“However, we at The Gateway Pundit reported exclusively how the metadata on a draft copy of the indictment obtained by a CNN reporter and sent to Roger’s attorney after his arrest showed a save date of two days prior to the January 25th unsealing of the court documents following the Stone’s arrest.”.
“This proved that CNN illegally obtained a copy of the grand jury indictment, and now Mr. Stone’s attorneys are demanding the Mueller’s office explain themselves,” the blog said.
ABC News also reported lawyer John Dowd, who headed the president’s legal team for a time, believes Mueller’s work will fizzle.
“I don’t think there’ll be a report,” he told the network. “I will be shocked if anything regarding the president is made public, other than ‘We’re done.'”
“This is one of the greatest frauds this country’s ever seen.”
He said there’s no merit to the investigation. Both House and Senate investigations have concluded there’s no evidence of collusion.