Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his long-awaited report on alleged collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Mueller had submitted his confidential report to US Attorney General William Barr on Friday, resulting in calls from lawmakers in Congress for the quick release of the said document.
However Barr, the top US law enforcement officer who heads the Justice Department, holds the right to decide how much of the report to disclose.
In his letter to Congress’ judiciary committee leaders — Senators Lindsey Graham and Dianne Feinstein and Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and Doug Collins — Mr Barr confirmed there were no instances during the investigation where the Department of Justice had interfered with Mr Mueller’s work.
Throughout his investigation, Mueller has brought charges against 34 people and three companies. The special counsel has already charged six former Trump aides and dozens of Russians.
Over the past 22 months since his appointment by deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the special counsel has revealed how Russian agents and operatives allegedly obtained information about US elections to initiate a campaign to influence Americans, fund political activities in the US and hack emails of top Democrats to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Both Trump and Russia have repeatedly denied the accusations. Trump has sought to discredit the investigation, calling it a “witch hunt” and accusing Mueller of conflicts of interest.
Meanwhile, a small number of Democrats in the US House of Representatives have pushed for Congress to impeach Trump and remove him from office but the party’s leadership including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had urged caution saying, “He’s (Trump) just not worth it.”