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Breaking: Mueller Report Completed, Delivered to AG Barr

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his Trump-Russia report to Attorney General William Barr, who expects to send a summary of the report to Congress as early as this weekend.

“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,” Barr wrote in a letter to Congress.

Fox News reports:

The report was delivered earlier Friday afternoon to the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s office and it was delivered to Barr’s office within minutes, a senior DOJ official told Fox News. The White House was notified that the DOJ had received the report around 4:45 p.m., before lawmakers on Capitol Hill were informed.

Both Barr and Rosenstein have seen the report, according to a senior DOJ official.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders reacted to the news and tweeted, “The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course. The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report.”

Earlier today, Trump told reporters that the release of Mueller’s report was “going to be very interesting.  But we’ll see what happens.  There was no collusion.  There was no obstruction.  Everybody knows it.  It’s all a big hoax.  It’s — I call it the witch hunt.  It’s all a big hoax. So we’ll see what happens.  I know that the Attorney General, highly respected, ultimately will make a decision.”

New Attorney General William Barr Will NOT Recuse Himself from Mueller Probe

New Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion investigation.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement, “Following Attorney General Barr’s confirmation, senior career ethics officials advised that Attorney General Barr should not recuse himself from the Special Counsel’s investigation. Consistent with that advice, Attorney General Barr has decided not to recuse.”

The Hill reports:

Some Democrats urged Barr to step aside from overseeing the Mueller investigation, citing a memo Barr sent last June to the Justice Department and the White House criticizing the special counsel’s inquiry into whether Trump obstructed justice.

Barr’s views in support of executive power and his refusal to commit to publicly releasing the full report at the conclusion of Mueller’s investigation also contributed to Democratic opposition to his appointment.

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Cohen Referred to DOJ for Perjury After Congressional Testimony

Republican Congressmen have referred former Trump attorney and convicted liar Michael Cohen to the Department of Justice for alleged perjury, Fox News reports.

House Oversight Committee ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr claiming Cohen committed perjury during yesterday’s hearing on Capitol Hill.

The lawmakers cite numerous instances where Cohen issued false statements throughout his congressional testimony, including when the disgraced former attorney said he “never defrauded any bank” and never wanted to work at the White House.

**LISTEN: Dan breaks down the disastrous Michael Cohen hearing on Capitol Hill.**

“We write to refer significant evidence that Michael D. Cohen committed perjury and knowingly made false statements during his testimony before an Oversight and Reform Committee hearing,” they wrote. “While testifying under oath, Mr. Cohen made what appear to be numerous willfully and intentionally false statements of material fact contradicted by the record established by the Justice Department in United States v. Cohen.”

They added: “Mr. Cohen’s testimony before the Committee at times was in direct contradiction to assertions contained in pleadings authored by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY.) There are other instances in which Mr. Cohen’s statements to the Committee were immediately contradicted by witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the subject matter.”

FINALLY: Rosenstein to Leave DOJ Next Month

Disgraced Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave the Department of Justice by mid-March according to a senior official who spoke with Fox News.

Newly appointed Attorney General William Barr could announce Rosenstein’s successor as early as next week. An administration official said Barr has chosen Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Jeffrey Rosen for the position.

Fox News reports:

A graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, Rosen previously served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget (2006 to 2009) and as General Counsel at the Department of Transportation (2003 to 2006), according to his online biography. Rosen, confirmed for his current role by the Senate in May 2017, works under Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in overseeing the daily operations of the department.

The announcement of Rosenstein’s departure comes after former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s disturbing claims last week that the deputy attorney general was “absolutely serious” when he offered to secretly record President Trump.

He also said that Rosenstein was considering invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.