Mueller to Make First Public Statement on Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP/Reuters) -
Robert Mueller
Special Counsel Robert Mueller (Reuters/Joshua Roberts/File)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller will make a statement at 11 a.m. for his first public comments on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

Mueller will not take questions after his statement, the Justice Department said.

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.

Since then, Democratic lawmakers have tried to get the full report and underlying evidence, but the Justice Department has not cooperated. 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 Attorney General William Barr. Democrats have denounced Barr, saying he misrepresented the special counsel’s findings.

 

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller will make a statement at 11 a.m. on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

It will be the first time he will speak publicly about his investigation since his report was published in April. Mueller concluded there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow, but declined to make a judgment on whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice.

Mueller has not spoken publicly since he was appointed in May 2017.