As Washington waited in collective anticipation on Friday for the expected imminent transfer of special counsel Robert Mueller's report to the Department of Justice, President Donald Trump also said he was in the dark about the timing.
The president expressed openness earlier this week to the report's public release but has also said that ultimate authority regarding to the report's dissemination rest with his newly-installed Attorney General William Barr. Trump spoke of his election victory and wondered how it came to be that Mueller is going "to make a determination on my presidency", per CNN. Key House Democrats have said that the full report that Mueller submitted to Barr should be made public, and they intend to subpoena for the document - and Mueller's underlying evidence - if it is not handed over to Congress.
The White House was not immediately available for comment. He examined whether Trump's 2016 campaign conspired with Russian Federation and whether the president unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.
Former FBI director James Comey said in a New York Times op-ed published Thursday that he neither knows nor cares what the conclusion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation will be - so long as the probe was conducted properly.
Mr Mueller, a former FBI director, had been examining since 2017 whether President Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow to try to influence the election and whether the Republican president later unlawfully tried to obstruct his investigation.More news: Reputed Boss Of Gambino Crime Family Gunned Down In New York
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That appointment followed the president's decision to fire James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "I'm not rooting for anything at all, except that the special counsel be permitted to finish his work, charge whatever cases warrant charging and report on his work".
The prospect of no further indictments could present a massive boon to President Trump and many of those surrounding him.
This completes the Mueller investigation, though not its outgrowth in the office of the USA attorney for the Southern District of NY. "It's all a witch hunt".
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer also called for transparency in a joint statement, adding that the White House "must not be allowed to interfere". In addition, Rosenstein didn't appoint Mueller to write a report - that's simply the ordinary course of action laid out in the special counsel regulations.
What has Trump or his team said? . "I mean, frankly, I told the House, if you want, let them see it". He wrote that he was reviewing the report to determine what could be shared with the public and the committee. Multiple committees are now pursuing other Trump Organization associates for testimony, as well as Trump's family members like Donald Trump Jr.