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REPORT: Justice Department to announce Mueller findings as early as next week

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will announce the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe as soon as next week, according to sources close to the investigation.

Newly confirmed Attorney General William Barr is expected to submit a summary of Mueller’s findings to Congress shortly after he announces the conclusion of the inquiry.

President Trump on Wednesday declined to give his opinion on whether he believes the Mueller report should be released, instead saying that decision will “be totally up to the new attorney general.”

“That’ll be totally up to the new attorney general. He’s a tremendous man, a tremendous person, who really respects this country and respects the Justice Department, so that’ll be totally up to him,” Trump told reporters in the White House.

It is unclear how much of Mueller’s final report would be made public and the timing of the announcement is subject to change.

During his nomination hearing last month, Barr, who took over for acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, declined to commit to making the full report available to the public or to Congress but said he would follow Justice Department guidelines and release as much of the report to the public as possible.

Over the course of the last two years, Mueller has investigated claims of collusion between Russia and President Trump to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has repeatedly denied such claims, referring to the allegations as no more than a “witch hunt.”

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