Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by Donald Trump’s campaign is close to completion, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Monday.
“The investigation, I think, is close to being completed, and I hope that we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible,” Whitaker told reporters on Monday in his first public comments on the probe he now supervises.
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Whitaker’s comment comes after Roger Stone, a longtime political advisor to the president, was arrested in Florida on Friday.
Stone faces seven counts, including allegations of witness tampering, obstruction of justice and making false statements to Congress.
Whitaker had been critical of the Mueller probe before he joined the Justice Department as chief of staff to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in late 2017. Trump named Whitaker acting attorney general in November after firing Sessions.
“I have been fully briefed on the investigation. I look forward to Director Mueller delivering the final report,” Whitaker said on Monday. “I really am not going to talk about an open and ongoing investigation otherwise. But the statements I made were as a private citizen with only publicly available information.”
Whitaker said decisions in the probe would be reviewed.
“I am comfortable that the decisions that were made are going to reviewed either through the various means that we have,” Whitaker said.