Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr on Russia’s election interference and possible collusion with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
TWEET The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course. The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report.
The president’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said in a statement: “We’re pleased that the Office of Special Counsel has delivered its report to the Attorney General pursuant to the regulations. Attorney General Barr will determine the appropriate next steps.”
Mueller’s team has lodged indictments against 34 people and three companies. Five people, including Trump’s former longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, have been sentenced to prison.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing related to Mueller’s investigation. From its inception, he has decried the probe as a politically motivated “witch hunt.”
Although the special counsel’s probe has formally ended, a handful of federal cases lodged by Mueller remain active. Trump’s longtime confidant Roger Stone, for instance, faces a Nov. 5 trial on charges of lying to Congress and witness tampering filed by Mueller’s prosecutors.
Others, including Rick Gates, Manafort’s former business partner, have yet to be sentenced.
Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said it was too soon to draw conclusions about who had and had not been targeted by Mueller.
“Until we read the report, it is only speculation as to why certain people were not indicted and what evidence exists as to the interference, or lack of interference, by the Russian government,” Weinstein told CNBC in an email.
“This does not mean that other DOJ components are finished working with the leads that were provided to them by the special counsel’s office,” Weinstein added.