WASHINGTON – The day has finally come.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has completed his investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election and possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign. In announcing the end of the investigation, Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to members of Congress informing them that the probe, which roots go back to summer 2016, had been completed.
“I write to notify you … that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters,” Barr wrote in the letter, which was sent to the top Democrats and Republicans on the Senate and House Judiciary Committees.
Barr said in the letter that Mueller had submitted his final, confidential report, and that he could alert lawmakers in the coming days to its findings. Those findings will likely be made public at the same time, according to Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.
Barr told lawmakers he is “reviewing the report, and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.”
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Read the letter in full here.
But for now, Mueller’s findings remain a mystery.
In the nearly two years since Mueller was installed to oversee that work, the investigation has resulted in charges against more than two dozen Russian operatives, and a succession of aides and advisers to Trump’s campaign, including its former chairman.
In doing so, prosecutors mapped the details of a Russian operation to sway the election, and a campaign eager to reap the benefit of those efforts.
Contributing: Kevin Johnson