Trump intensifies effort to discredit Mueller report

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Special counsel Robert Mueller is not recommending any further indictments in the Russian Federation investigation. The next steps are up to Mr Trump's Attorney-General, to Congress and, in all likelihood, federal courts. Justice department regulations require only that Mr Mueller give the attorney general a confidential report explaining his decisions to pursue, or not to pursue, prosecutions against people he has investigated.

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted unanimously for a resolution demanding the Department of Justice to release the full report to the public, signalling support within both parties to find out what Mr Mueller discovered. I remain committed to as much transparency as possible, and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review.

In an interview with Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo that aired Friday, Trump seemed to be bracing for the possibility that he could be accused of having obstructed justice, arguing, as he has before, that his "fighting" back should not be considered obstruction.

In a letter to leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, Barr wrote that there were "no instances" of Mueller's proposed action by his team was "inappropriate or unwarranted". But the president has grown increasingly confident the report will produce what he has insisted all along: no clear evidence of a conspiracy between Russian Federation and his 2016 campaign.

Special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 21, 2017. After Mueller turns in his report, Barr has said he will draft a second one for congressional and public consumption.

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The White House was not immediately available for comment. "We're going to see what happens, it's going to be very interesting. there was no collusion, there was no obstruction-everybody knows it". He offered no details of Mueller's findings.

Will the report be made public?

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Mr Trump has not been issued a copy of the report.

At the time Mr Comey was leading an FBI investigation into whether there was collusion with Russian Federation.

Multiple news outlets reported at 5 p.m. ET that the report had been delivered. Manafort in the two cases prosecuted by Mueller's team was sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison.

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