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Mueller's Trump-Russia probe 'close to completion'

Mueller's Trump-Russia probe 'close to completion'

The special counsel's Russian Federation probe is "close to being completed", the acting attorney general said on Monday in the first official sign that the investigation may be wrapping up. "And I hope that we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible".

He added that he has been "fully briefed on the investigation", which began in May 2017.

"They are clearly tying up loose ends", an attorney who has been in contact with Mueller's team said. On Monday, acting AG Matt Whitaker said Mueller's investigation "is, I think, close to being completed".

"Complete amateur (or worse?) move by Whitaker to announce publicly that Mueller is nearly done", he said, saying that's it's generally not proper to reveal the status of ongoing investigations.

Trump's nominee to fill the attorney general post permanently, William Barr, recently pledged to make public as much of the report as possible, saying Mueller is required to file it confidentially. "I remember right before they get (Paul) Manafort, they say it's going to be over in a couple weeks".




Mueller has also charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic Party emails and 13 other Russians with engaging in an online campaign to influence United States voters in the 2016 election.

Trump has slammed the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt" and says there was no collusion. His investigators have handed down indictments against multiple Trump associates, most recently Roger Stone, who was indicted Friday on charges he lied to Congress and tampered with a witness. "I'm 66 years old, I do not own a gun, I do not have a valid passport, I have no prior criminal record, I'm charged with nonviolent process crimes", Stone told reporters Monday "To storm my house with greater force than was used to take down bin Laden or El Chapo or Pablo Escobar, it's unconscionable".

The special counsel's office declined to comment to CNBC.

In his responses, Barr stressed he would not interfere with Mueller's investigation and that his previous memorandum critical of Mueller's authority did not necessarily reflect his current views.

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