Barr is planning to submit a summary to Congress of Mueller’s final report shortly after he announces the conclusion of the probe, CNN reported Wednesday.
Although CNN and NBC reported that Barr could receive Mueller’s work as soon as next week, the exact timing could change as the Department of Justice does not wish to interfere with President Trump's upcoming summit with North Korea.
Indications that Mueller’s work was entering its final stages have been known since December when NBC News reported that Mueller was “nearing the end of his historic investigation” and even suggested that he could submit his report “as early as mid-February”.
New details of the report were also made public by CNN, including the fact that Mueller’s team has frequently met with prosecutors from other Justice Department offices and that Mueller’s employees were spotted carrying boxes and carting files out of their office — which was described as “an unusual move that could foreshadow a hand-off of legal work.”
US President Donald Trump declined to comment on Wednesday as to whether he believes the Mueller report should be released, adding that the decision will “be totally up to the new attorney general.”
“He’s a tremendous man and a tremendous person who really respects this country and respects the Justice Department,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
Trump earlier on Sunday slammed the probe on Twitter, calling the investigations of the allegations of possible collusion “totally conflicted, illegal and rigged” and claiming that it “should never have been allowed to begin,” while repeating his earlier comments which described the Mueller investigation as a political witch hunt that has not produced evidence in two years.
The Mueller investigation is totally conflicted, illegal and rigged! Should never have been allowed to begin, except for the Collusion and many crimes committed by the Democrats. Witch Hunt!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 17 февраля 2019 г.
Russia has repeatedly denied interfering in the US election, saying the allegations were made up to deflect public attention from actual instances of election fraud and corruption.