Special counsel Robert Mueller has released his long-awaited final report on the Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr. But the report is confidential. So when are we going to learn what Mueller found out? We could learn some more over the weekend, but it could also be a long time before all the details come out, if they ever do.
Here’s a quick look at what happens next:
■Barr may release Mueller’s “principal conclusions” to Congress in a day or two. In his Friday letter to the House and Senate Judiciary committees notifying them that he had received Mueller’s report, Barr said, “I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.”
■After that, Barr will look into what other information, beyond those principal conclusions, he can release. He wrote in his letter Friday that he would consult with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Mueller himself on what could be released to Congress and the public “consistent with the law, including the Special Counsel regulations, and the Department’s long-standing practices and policies.” He continued, “I remain committed to as much transparency as possible.”
■Once that “other information” is released, the next move will be up to Congress. Democrats say they won’t be satisfied unless they get the full report and the underlying evidence. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said his panel would issue subpoenas of Mueller and Barr, if needed, to push for disclosure.
If Trump directs the Justice Department to withhold information, a court fight could result that could go to the Supreme Court.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.