Mueller will make the first public statement about the Trump investigation, Russia, on Wednesday

The special lawyer had never before seen about his two-year investigation into the president.
Mueller will make the first public statement about the Trump investigation, Russia, on Wednesday
Special lawyer Robert Mueller will make a public statement at 11 am on Wednesday about the Russian investigation, the Justice Department announced.

"Special lawyer Robert S. Mueller III will make a statement about the investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election," the department said. "This will be just a statement, there will not be a period of questions and answers to follow."

A senior White House official said that on Tuesday night the White House was notified that Mueller could make a statement and that the government was not taken by surprise.

Mueller has not commented on the investigation since he was appointed a special attorney in May 2017. The Democrats in the House of Representatives are trying to get him to testify before Congress in the coming weeks. Last week, the chairman of the Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives, Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Said Mueller was willing to testify, but only in private.

Mueller's planned comments as a result of a new book affirmed that Mueller drew up a three-count indictment for obstructing justice against President Donald Trump before deciding to leave. A spokesman for the special lawyer's office denied that any allegations had been made. Ken Dilanian of NBC News reported that Mueller is not expected to discuss the allegation during his testimony.

In March, Mueller presented Attorney General William Barr with his more than 400-page report on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, whether the Trump campaign or Trump's associates conspired with Russia in those efforts and whether Trump will try to obstruct justice.

Days later, Barr published a four-page summary of Mueller's report that, according to the special lawyer, "did not fully capture the context, nature and substance" of his investigation. Trump used Barr's summary to claim that he was exonerated in the weeks that followed earlier, in mid-April, he released a slightly redacted version of Mueller's report.

In his report, Mueller elaborated extensively on Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 elections, the multiple contacts between the Trump campaign and those associated with the Russians, and Trump's efforts to stifle the investigation. Mueller wrote that the evidence was not enough to establish a conspiracy between Trump and Russia, while, in case of obstruction, he said he could not reach a traditional procedural decision.

"Consequently, while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, he does not exonerate it either," Mueller wrote, adding that "Trump's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but largely to the people The president refused to comply with orders or accede to his requests. "