By Chris Strohm
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is “close to being completed.”
“I have been fully briefed on the investigation,” Whitaker, who has authority over Mueller’s probe, said during a news conference Monday. “I look forward to Director Mueller delivering the final report.”
Whitaker also said “I am comfortable that the decisions that were made are going to be reviewed.” Whitaker didn’t elaborate, but a Justice Department official said later he sought to convey that he’d follow department regulations regarding Mueller’s closing documents.
The regulations require Mueller to provide the attorney general with “a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel.”
Whitaker meant to say he would look at the decisions, the official said. He has no intention to try to revisit or change Mueller’s decisions, said the official, who asked for anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.
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