New York Times: Mueller Delivers Report on Russia Investigation to Attorney General

The letter that William P. Barr, the attorney general, sent to Congress.

EXCERPT BELOW – 

“Since Mr. Mueller’s appointment in May 2017, his team has focused on how Russian operatives sought to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential race and whether anyone tied to the Trump campaign, wittingly or unwittingly, cooperated with them. While the inquiry, started months earlier by the F.B.I., unearthed a far-ranging Russian influence operation, no public evidence has emerged that the president or his aides illegally assisted it.

Nonetheless, the damage to Mr. Trump and those in his circle has been extensive. A half-dozen former Trump aides have been indicted or convicted of crimes, mostly for lying to federal investigators or Congress. Others remain under investigation in cases that Mr. Mueller’s office handed off to federal prosecutors in New York and elsewhere. Dozens of Russian intelligence officers or citizens, along with three Russian companies, were charged in cases that are likely to languish in court because the defendants cannot be extradited to the United States.

Only a handful of law enforcement officials have seen the report, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec. Justice Department officials notified the White House about 20 minutes before telling lawmakers, Ms. Kupec said. Mr. Barr’s chief of staff told Emmet Flood, the White House lawyer dealing with the Russia investigation.

Even though Mr. Mueller’s report is complete, some aspects of his inquiry remain active and may be overseen by the same prosecutors once they are reassigned to their old jobs within the Justice Department. For instance, recently filed court documents suggest that investigators are still examining why the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort turned over campaign polling data in 2016 to a Russian associate whom prosecutors said was tied to Russian intelligence.”

READ-SHARE-DISCUSS-LEARN more of the news story here – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/22/us/politics/mueller-report.html

 

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