Robert Mueller Says He’s Closing Special Counsel’s Office


• Robert S. Mueller III announced his retirement from the Justice Department, ending his two-year appointment as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation.

• “It is important that the office’s written work speak for itself,” Mr. Mueller said, pointing to his investigators’ 448-page report.

• “The matters we investigated were of paramount importance,” Mr. Mueller said, rebutting President Trump’s claims that the investigation was a “witch hunt” motivated by politics.

Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, appeared at the Justice Department on Wednesday to make his first public comments since he took over the inquiry two years ago.

Mr. Mueller was to make a lengthy and substantial statement, a Justice Department official said, and take no questions. The official would not detail Mr. Mueller’s remarks, but the department has said for weeks that he would be closing the special counsel’s office soon and departing the post now that his investigation has wrapped up.

The White House was notified late Tuesday that Mr. Mueller would be making a statement, a senior White House official said. Attorney General William P. Barr was in Alaska meeting with tribal leaders and federal and local officials.

Mr. Mueller has been at the center of a fight between the Trump administration and House Democrats, who want to hear from him about his nearly two-year investigation into Russia’s election interference, possible coordination with the Trump campaign and whether President Trump obstructed justice. The special counsel team concluded that there was no conspiracy by the Trump campaign to coordinate with Russia’s campaign of sabotage.


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