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Mueller investigation is ‘close to being completed,’ acting attorney general says

The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The head of the Justice Department said Monday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is nearing an end – the first official acknowledgment that the probe that has ensnared President Trump may soon reach a conclusion.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker made the comment during a news conference about an unrelated subject – indictments stemming from a Chinese technology firm.

Asked about his view of the Mueller probe, given critical comments he had made while working as a television pundit before he started working at the Justice Department, Whitaker said that those statements were offered while he was as a private citizen.

“I have been fully briefed on the investigation, and I look forward to Director Mueller delivering the final report,” said Whitaker. “I am comfortable that the decisions that were made are going to be reviewed… . Right now, the investigation is close to being completed.”

Whitaker’s remarks were brief and to the point, but they represent the most extensive comments on the subject by any senior law enforcement official in recent months. They also come just days after Mueller’s office unveiled an indictment of Roger Stone, a longtime friend of Trump. Stone was charged with false statements, obstruction, and witness tampering.

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, speaks at the Justice Department in Washington. At left is Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and FBI Director Christopher Wray, at right.
Roger Stone, former adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, speaks to members of the media outside federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday. Stone was indicted for allegedly obstructing special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia before the 2016 U.S. election. MUST CREDIT: Saul Martinez, Bloomberg.