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Mueller to make 1st public statement on Russia probe

Mueller to make 1st public statement on Russia probe”

A spokesman for Special Counsel Robert Mueller has denied a claim in Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff's new book that says Mueller drafted an indictment of President Donald Trump during his Russian Federation investigation.

The statement will be on camera at the Department of Justice.

According to a copy seen by The Guardian, Mr Wolff quotes extensively from this document in Siege: Trump Under Fire.

According to The Guardian's Edward Helmore, Wolff reports that Mueller's office planned to charge the president with "influencing, obstructing or impeding a pending proceeding", "tampering with a witness, victim or informant" and "retaliating against a witness, victim or informant" but eventually made a decision to "shelve" it.

Mueller's spokesman Peter Carr, flatly denied the claim, telling the Guardian: "The documents that you've described do not exist". This will be his first public comment since the release of the results from his probe.

Mueller's report into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election did not find that Russian Federation and the Trump campaign coordinated to sway the presidential election.

Wolff also alleges that Mueller deliberated for a long time over whether he ought to charge the president, and anxious what to do should Trump attempt to fire him or then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Mueller did not, however, come to a conclusion on that matter.

Trump's opponents in the Congress are now seeking to have Mueller testify about the claims in the report, hoping to prove that U.S. Attorney General William Barr lied in his summary of the document to Congress. The House Judiciary Committee, earlier this month, voted to hold him in contempt after he failed to comply with a subpoena to turn over an unredacted version of the Mueller report and its underlying documents and evidence to the committee.



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