Mueller report complete, call for public release begins

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A much anticipated report on Russia election interference, which has caused deep political division around the country, has been handed over to the Justice Department.

After almost two years, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is finished, submitting the report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday.

The question now is what the report contains and how much will be made public.

Barr told Congress he may be able to brief them as early as this weekend on principle conclusions — but not much beyond that.

“We’ve waited two years, we can wait two more days,” said Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter told News 3.

FULL: Conversation with Rep. Carter

The White House has not seen or been briefed on Mueller’s report, according to spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

In May 2017, Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether members of the Trump campaign were working with Russian officials.

As a result, six associates of the president have been publicly indicted on charges ranging from bank and tax fraud to making false statements.

So far, they do not allege coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

“There is no collusion. There was no obstruction. Everybody knows it. It’s all a big hoax,” said President Trump.

As for making the report public, the president says “let it.”

“I think the demand of the public is overwhelming to see the report when it is on such a serious matter, and it will be made public,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

Though Mueller’s work is ending, another battle over when or how much of it will be seen is likely starting. It does seem though, that the majority is in favor of making it public.

Rep. Carter tells News 3 he is for releasing it, saying the public deserves to know.

“I hope that this brings and end to it and that we can get on to the real issues that are impacting the American people,” he added.

Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats are not ruling out subpoenas of the report — or even Mueller himself.

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