Mueller concludes Russia probe, delivers report to Attorney General

Mueller concludes Russia probe, delivers report to Attorney General

As Steve notes, special counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report to attorney general William Barr.

Trump has said that the public should see Mueller's report, once it is released. "The American people have a right to know if President Trump and his associates coordinated with Russia to interfere in our elections, the full extent of Russian efforts to affect our elections, and any attempts to interfere with Special Counsel Mueller's investigation". One element of the investigation is whether Trump's firing of Comey amounted to obstruction of justice.

Reporters staked out outside Mueller's office in recent days and others were at the Justice Department, watching for any signs.

Mueller began his investigation in May, 2017, after he was appointed special counsel after Trump fired the FBI director, James Comey.

Cohen, the president's former lawyer, pleaded guilty in NY to campaign finance violations arising from the hush money payments and in the Mueller probe to lying to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal.

Robert Mueller, as FBI director, testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Federal Bureau of Investigation oversight on Capitol Hill in Washington June 13, 2013.

Trump had repeatedly attacked Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt" and a "hoax", sending hundreds of tweets that have gone after Mueller and his team of prosecutors, as well as Cohen after he began cooperating with Mueller.

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Mueller has yet to say that his investigation has come to a close, despite weeks of speculation in the news media.

In prosecuting Manafort, Mueller showed how the former campaign chairman made millions of dollars working for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, while also exposing his ties to a consultant who the special counsel said was connected to Russian intelligence.

Mueller's report, still confidential, sets the stage for big public fights to come. Many people know what they want it to say - what they feel it simply must say - namely, that Donald Trump is a criminal who should be removed from office.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier this month that impeaching the President was "just not worth it".

Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, Trump's personal lawyers, also issued a statement in response to Mueller's filing.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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