- US Special Envoy Robert Mueller has handed over his report on Russian influence on the 2016 elections to the US Department of Justice.
- Minister William Barr is checking the results now, the ministry said.
- The White House assured that it had not been informed about the Mueller report in advance.
The US special investigator Robert Mueller has completed his investigations into the Russian affair. US Attorney General William Barr said Friday he was studying the final report. He will examine what parts of it could be made available to Congress, he wrote in a letter to the deputies. Maybe he could send them something to the conclusions on the weekend. He emphasized that he wanted to create as much transparency as possible.
Details of the content did not mention Barr. Mueller underlined the suspicion of interference by Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign and possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign staff. Russia and Trump have rejected the allegations. It was also about possible obstruction of the judiciary by the US President.
In connection with the investigation, 34 people were charged, six of whom worked for Trump's campaign team. Trump had repeatedly referred to the investigation as a "witch hunt".
The White House reacted with demonstrative calm to the end of the investigation. Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Twitter that after handing over Mueller's report to Justice Minister Barr, the next steps would be taken by the minister. It is expected that the process will now take its course. The White House had not received the report and had not been informed about its contents.
Democrats demand full publication
Two of Trump's lawyers, Rudolph Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, said Washington Post According to a joint statement, "We are pleased that the Special Investigator's office has submitted his report to the Minister of Justice in accordance with the provisions of Justice Minister Barr will determine the appropriate next steps."
The two leading Democrats in the US Congress call for the report to be fully publicized. The Americans are entitled to the truth, according to a joint statement by House MP Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic faction leader Chuck Schumer. The White House should not interfere with what parts of the report Secretary of Justice William Barr publishes. Trump and his lawyers should not be granted a "preview" of Mueller's investigation results.
The Ministry of Justice had Mueller used in May 2017, after Trump had fired the then FBI boss Comey. The US president initially stated several reasons for the expulsion, but later said in an interview that he had had the FBI's Russia investigation in mind.