Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker says probe "close to being completed"

Robert Mueller investigation is 'close to being completed,' acting attorney general says

President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, told US lawmakers in written comments released on Monday he would not taken any steps to improperly fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and said Trump has never discussed the substance of Mueller's Russian Federation investigation with him.

"The investigation is, I think, close to being completed, and I hope that we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible", Whitaker said.

Whitaker has drawn criticism for not recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, even though he has publicly criticised it in the past.

The timing of Mueller's investigation had been a matter of intense speculation since months after it began in May 2017. "He can not express himself about a matter of extreme importance―the Mueller investigation―and he has raised all these questions about decisions he's going to review". They included another commitment to make public whatever report Mueller completes, although all along Barr has been careful to say he would observe the law and Justice Department regulations as appropriate - stopping short of a blanket promise. "But the statements I made were as a private citizen with only publicly available information". The Senate Judiciary Committee is prepared to vote on Barr's nomination to be attorney general this week or next.

Acting AG Matt Whitaker, who oversees the special counsel probe, told reporters on Monday that he has been briefed on the progress on the investigation and expects to see the results in the near future. Those charged include Trump's former national security adviser, his campaign chairman, his former personal lawyer and two other campaign aides.

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When contacted by Law&Crime about this, the Special Counsel's Office declined to comment.

On Friday, Mueller indicted Stone, a longtime Trump confidant, on seven charges, most of which were related to Stone's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee in 2017.

Barr described the Pence conversations in response to a question from Whitehouse about whether he had ever discussed Mueller's investigation with anyone at the White House.

Whitaker later joined the Justice Department as chief of staff to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom President Trump forced out soon after Election Day a year ago.

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