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Published: 0936 GMT March 23, 2019

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller submits report on Trump-Russia probe

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller submits report on Trump-Russia probe

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has closed his two-year investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by US President Donald Trump.

Mueller submitted his confidential report to US Attorney General William Barr on Friday, triggering calls from lawmakers in Congress for the document’s quick release.

Barr, the top US law enforcement officer who heads the Justice Department, will have to decide how much of the report to disclose.

Throughout his investigation, Mueller has brought charges against 34 people and three companies, Press TV reported.

It is not clear yet whether the report contains allegations of wrongdoing by Trump or exonerates him.

Mueller, a former FBI director, had been examining since May 2017 whether Trump’s election campaign colluded with Moscow to try to influence the 2016 presidential election and whether the Republican president later unlawfully tried to obstruct his investigation.

US intelligence agencies claim Moscow meddled in the election with a campaign of email hacking and online propaganda aimed at sowing discord in the United States, hurting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and helping Trump.

Both Trump and Russia have repeatedly denied the accusations. Trump has sought to discredit the investigation, calling it a “witch hunt” and accusing Mueller of conflicts of interest.

Lawmakers from both major political parties called for prompt release of the report.

Barr told lawmakers in a letter he may be able to provide the “principal conclusions” of Mueller’s findings to Congress as soon as this weekend and added that he was “committed to as much transparency as possible.”

A small number of Democrats in the US House of Representatives have pushed for Congress to impeach Trump and remove him from office but the party’s leadership including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has urged caution.

No president has every been removed from office via impeachment. The last president to be impeached by the House, Democrat Bill Clinton, was acquitted by the Senate in 1999 on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, meaning he was not removed from office.

The House Judiciary Committee in 1974 voted to recommend impeachment of then President Richard Nixon, accusing him of planning to obstruct an investigation in the Watergate scandal. Before the full House could vote on impeachment, Nixon became the only US president ever to resign.

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