The acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker, said today that the Mueller investigation is near completion. Whitaker make the remark at a news conference in Washington. From The Washington Post:
“I have been fully briefed on the investigation and I look forward to Director Mueller delivering the final report,” said Whitaker. “I am comfortable that the decisions that were made are going to be reviewed. . . . Right now, the investigation is close to being completed.”
“Whitaker’s remarks were brief and to the point, but represent the most extensive comments on the subject by any senior law enforcement official in recent months. They also come just days after Mueller’s office unveiled an indictment of Roger Stone, a longtime friend of President Trump. Stone was charged with false statements, obstruction, and witness tampering.”
Meanwhile a bipartisan pair of Senators has introduced legislation that would require the public release of the Mueller investigation. From The Hill:
“Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), both members of the Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation Monday that would require a Department of Justice special counsel to hand over a report to Congress once either the probe ends or in the event a special counsel is fired or resigns.
“A Special Counsel is appointed only in very rare serious circumstances involving grave violations of public trust. The public has a right and need to know the facts of such betrayals of public trust,” Blumenthal said in a statement.
“Grassley added that requiring a public report would provide “oversight of and insight into activities” of a special counsel probe.”