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Russia affair : U.S. special investigator Robert Mueller delivers report

After almost two years of special investigator Robert Mueller has finished his investigation on the Russia-affair U.S. President Donald Trump. Mueller handed over on Friday a confidential report to the Ministry of justice, from a letter from the Ministry to the Congress.

Minister of justice, William Barr, said that he believed that he could inform the Congress possibly as early as this weekend, the most important conclusions of the special investigator. He stated that he would consult with his Deputy, Rod Rosenstein and Mueller in order to decide what can be informed from the report to the Congress and to the Public. The content of the report is as yet unknown. The Ministry of justice has confirmed, however, that Mueller, recommend any new charges.

Barr said, he remains committed to "the utmost transparency" and the Congress will keep members on the status of its Review. Barr could also choose to make the report public. It is unclear, however, whether and when that might happen. The Democrats demanded an immediate publication of the complete report. This is "absolutely necessary", stated the opposition leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. The White house should not interfere in the decision of which parts of the report, Minister of justice, do Barr publicly. Trump and his lawyers should not be granted to "preview" on Mueller's investigation results.

"transparency and the public interest" required the publication said the Chairman of the judiciary Committee in the house of representatives, the Democrat, Jerry Nadler. Five other Committee chairmen, echoing the claim.

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Even democratic contenders for a presidential nomination has entered a release: "Minister of justice, Barr handed over to the Mueller report of the American Public. Now," urged Senator Elizabeth Warren.

At the end of the Russia-investigations the White house initially reacted with demonstrative Calmness. "The next steps are for the Minister of justice Barr, and we expect the matter to take its course," said trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Twitter. The White house had not received the report and had not been informed.

Trump self-expressed. Mueller's investigation of him is a huge thorn in the eye. Again and again he has referred to it as a "witch-hunt".

In the past weeks was intense speculation whether the research could lead to new charges or evidence of any unlawful conduct of the President to deliver. The latter could, theoretically, provide the basis for impeachment proceedings.

first, There was no evidence to indicate whether US President Donald Trump himself, members of his family or former campaign advisors were involved in possible collusion with Moscow, or the obstruction of justice are guilty of. Even if the report presents no evidence of collusion between Moscow and the campaign team Trumps, suggest observers, though, that Mueller could accuse the US President of obstruction of Justice because of the pressure it exerted on the Ex-justice Minister Jeff Sessions and his Deputy, Rod Rosenstein, or because of the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

Mueller has determined that since may, 2017 as to whether there was the alleged Attempt of Russian influence the U.S. presidential election in 2016, the collusion between the Trump camp and representatives of Russia – and whether Trump has been hindered by the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey and the justice system. The investigations have led to more than 30 charges, including six people from Trumps environment.

The Department of justice had used Mueller in may 2017, after Trump had fired the former FBI chief Comey. The US President gave for the expulsion, first, for various reasons, but then said later in an Interview that he had the Russia-investigations by the FBI in the head.

According to the rules of the Ministry of justice Mueller must submit to the Minister a confidential report at the conclusion of the investigation, in which he explains why he has opted for an indictment, and why he has not done so in other cases where appropriate.

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Minister of justice, Barr is only obliged to do so, the high-ranking members of the judiciary committees of both chambers about the end of the investigation. He could make the report public, he should come to the assessment that this is "in the interest of the Public", as stated in the regulations of the Ministry. Barr had already declared in January that his goal was to create as much transparency as possible. He did not, however, promise that he will not publish the report.

With the end of Mueller's investigation will now focus on Congress. The Democrats are pushing forward with their new majority in the house of representatives already investigations to Trump and his environment, which could form the basis for the initiation of impeachment proceedings in the chamber. The leading Democrat, Pelosi had recently made in an Interview with the "Washington Post" clearly, that you would drive such a procedure only if a broad Public support to be sure. to dismiss

the President actually in the office, however, would have to agree with the Trumps Republican-controlled Senate with a two-thirds majority. I would have to turn away at least 20 Republicans from the President - what is true at the current time as unlikely.

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After the conclusion of the investigation, Mueller completed his work as special investigators. He will finish "in the next few days," said his spokesman, Peter Carr. During a transitional period to handle, therefore, a small group of employees, the closure of Mueller's office. (dpa, AFP)

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