Fmr Fed Prosecutor: Whitaker’s Statement on Mueller Probe Was ‘Rookie-Level’ Mistake

Posted January 30, 2019

The head of the Justice Department said Monday that special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation is nearing an end - the first official acknowledgement that the probe that has ensnared President Donald Trump may soon reach a conclusion.

"The investigation is, I think, close to being completed, and I hope that we can get the report from director Mueller as soon we - as possible", he said.

He said he was looking forward to Mueller delivering his report. If confirmed by the Senate, Barr would inherit oversight of Mueller's investigation.

Citing government officials close to the case, last month NBC News reported that Mueller was expected to complete a confidential report for the attorney general about the investigation as early as middle of next month. "He can not express himself about a matter of extreme importance―the Mueller investigation―and he has raised all these questions about decisions he's going to review". Those contacts, according to Mueller's indictments and U.S. intelligence agencies, occurred while the Russian government carried out a multifaceted effort to influence the 2016 presidential campaign and attempt to sway it Trump's way.

If confirmed by the Senate, Barr would oversee Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's 2016 presidential campaign conspired with Russian Federation.

He then said "Take Matt's word for it but Bob Mueller doesn't feel, to me, like he is nearly done". Stone was charged with false statements, obstruction, and witness tampering.

It is unknown if Mueller is planning additional indictments after charges were filed against Roger Stone, but the Special Counsel's investigation has been known for keeping information under wraps, preferring to speak through court filings.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, foreground, arrives at the U.S. Capitol for closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21, Washington, D.C. On Friday, Roger Stone, 66, a veteran Republican operative and longtime Trump adviser, was arrested at his Florida home by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on charges of making false statements to Congress and witness tampering.

Others speculated that Mueller could be planning follow-up investigations, to "prove" that there was White House interference in the original probe.

Whitaker was installed as acting attorney general in November, after Trump ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions.