Attorney-General Bill Barr plans to announce as early as next week the completion of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, according to a report.
People familiar with the plans told CNN that the AG will submit a summary of Mueller’s report to Congress soon after, the New York Post reports.
Although the precise timing is subject to change, the preparations are the clearest indication so far that the special counsel is ready to wrap up his almost two-year probe.
It also was unclear how long it will take Justice officials to prepare what will be submitted to politicians — though they are mindful of not interfering with President Trump’s second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next Wednesday in Vietnam, according to the report.
The Justice Department and the special counsel’s office declined to comment to CNN.
Mr Barr, who the Senate confirmed as Mr Trump’s new AG last week, has said he wants to be as “transparent” as possible with Congress and the public, “consistent with the rules and the law.”
Mr Mueller must submit a “confidential” report to the attorney-general after he ends his probe, but the special counsel regulations don’t require it to be shared with Congress and the public.
Mr Barr has made it clear that the Justice Department generally guards against publicising “derogatory” information about individuals who are not charged.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished here with permission