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Attorney General nominee Bill Barr meets with Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in Kennedy’s office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Judiciary panel is set to vote on Barr’s nomination Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated report: The product of nearly two years of investigation has now been handed to the Justice Department for Attorney General Bill Barr’s review, and Congress has been notified of the transfer, a Justice Department spokeswoman just announced.

According to federal regulations, the special counsel’s final report should be “a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel.”

After reviewing Mueller’s report, Barr will then send what he has described as his own “report” on the Mueller investigation to the top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate judiciary committees. Barr has promised to be as transparent as possible, but it’s unclear how extensive or detailed Barr’s own “report” to Congress will be.

In a letter to Congress, Barr writes: “I write to notify you … that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters.”

Barr says “there were no” instances in Mueller prob where Mueller was denied a step he wanted to take.

The letter to congress continues to say, “The Special Counsel has submitted to me today a ‘confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions’ he has reached … 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…Separately, I intend to consult with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law, including the Special Counsel regulations, and the Department’s long-standing practices and policies. I remain committed to as much transparency as possible, and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review.”

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