US: Robert Mueller makes first public statement on Russia probe | USA News - 6 بلاگ

US: Robert Mueller makes first public statement on Russia probe | USA News

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller is set to make his first public statement on the Russia investigation on Wednesday, the Justice Department said.

Mueller will speak at the Justice Department at 11am (15:00GMT) and won’t take any questions.

It was not clear what he intended to say, but the statement comes amid demands for Mueller to testify on Capitol Hill about his findings and tension with Attorney General William Barr over the handling of his report.

A redacted version of the Mueller report was published in April, concluding there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow. But Mueller declined to make a judgment on whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, though the report outlined 10 instances in which Trump tried to impede the investigation.

Barr and former deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein subsequently determined Trump had not broken the law.

Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, and Trump are engaged in a high-stakes power struggle over their ability to investigate him, with the president stonewalling multiple investigations of him by congressional committees.

The probes range from whether Trump obstructed justice during Mueller’s investigation to his personal finances and businesses. 

Earlier this month, Trump invoked executive privilege to block the release of the full, unredacted version of the Mueller report.

The House Judiciary Committee is also negotiating for Mueller to testify at a hearing.

Trump has said the investigation exonerated him after regularly using Twitter to denounce it as a witch-hunt.

Earlier this month, Trump said Mueller should not testify before Congress but that the final decision was up to Barr. Democrats have denounced Barr, saying he misrepresented the special counsel’s findings. 

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