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Breaking: Robert Mueller submits final report to Attorney General William Barr

The long investigation is finally over. What will it reveal?

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UPDATE, 5:11 p.m. CDT: Mueller is not recommending any further indictments in connection with the now-completed Russia investigation.


ORIGINAL STORY: Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday submitted the final report from his nearly two-year investigation into President Donald Trump and his campaign's potential dealings with Russia to Attorney General William Barr, according to NBC News.

What happens now? Now that the report has been submitted to the attorney general, Barr will review it and then be required to report Mueller's findings to Congress. The White House has not yet received the report.

"The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course," a White House statement read. "The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel's report."

Barr told House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders that he may be able to brief them on the "principal conclusions" of Mueller's report as early as this weekend.

Will the report be made public? The decision about whether to make the report public is up to Barr, who during his confirmation hearing said he wanted to provide "as much transparency as I can consistent with the law."

What has Trump or his team said? Trump himself has not commented on the completion of the investigation, but his attorneys said they are "pleased that the Office of the Special Counsel has delivered its report to the Attorney General pursuant to the regulations. Attorney General Barr will determine the appropriate next steps."

What exactly was Mueller investigating again? It's been a long time since the investigation was launched, so here's a reminder about what Mueller was authorized to look into, courtesy of CNN:

  • Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election
  • "Any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump"
  • "Any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation"
  • Any efforts to obstruct the investigation
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