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Mueller to resign ‘in coming days’ as Trump-Russia probe ends

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, front, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, leaves the Capitol building after meeting with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on June 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Ting Shen/Xinhua/Zuma Press/TNS)
March 25, 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to resign in the coming days now that the Trump-Russia probe has concluded after nearly two years.

Peter Carr, Mueller’s spokesman, told USA Today that Mueller would be “concluding his service in the coming days” and will not pursue additional indictments, and a small staff will reportedly stay behind him to close up the special counsel’s office.

Mueller’s resignation could come at the same time as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller. Rosenstein is also expected to resign this week.

He was originally supposed to resign after Attorney General Bill Barr took office, but the resignation was delayed until the end of March, a Justice Department official told CNBC News last month.

Mueller reportedly had threatened to resign in June 2017 after Trump was considering firing him over conflict of interest concerns, according to The New York Times. However, the two ultimately backed off and allowed the investigation to complete its course.

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Mueller concluded his investigation late Friday after nearly two years of probing whether or not President Donald Trump colluded with Russia in the 2016 Presidential election, and whether or not Russia influenced the 2016 Presidential election.

The report was delivered to the DOJ where it was reviewed by Barr, who wrote a four-page summary letter to Congress of the report’s findings.

Mueller did not issue a statement upon submitting the long-awaited report.

The summary revealed that the report did not prove Trump committed any crimes.

“In cataloguing the President’s actions, many of which took place in public view, the (Mueller) report identifies no actions that, in our judgment, constitute obstructive conduct, had a nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding, and were done with corrupt intent, each of which, under the Department’s principles of federal prosecution guiding charging decisions, would need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to establish an obstruction-of-justice offense,” Barr wrote in the summary, according to CNN.

Numerous Congressional Democrats are calling for the urgent release of the full Mueller report.

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“I don’t want a summary of the Mueller report. I want the whole damn report,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2020 Presidential race candidate, tweeted Sunday.

Trump tweeted repeatedly on the issue, declaring Sunday, “ No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”

While Barr’s summary of the Mueller report did not prove any collusion or obstruction, it did not, however, specify exoneration.

In his report, Mueller states that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” according to Barr’s summary report.