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Trump has not seen Mueller report, next steps up to AG Barr, White House says

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 3/22/2019 David Jackson and John Fritze and Michael Collins

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie © Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has not seen or been briefed on the report special counsel Robert Mueller delivered to Attorney General William Barr, the White House said Friday.

“The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report.”

Mueller completed his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Friday, delivering a report that signals the end of the long-running inquiry that has loomed over Trump's presidency for years. 

White House lawyers wanted to review Mueller's report before it is submitted to Congress, according to reports last week. That submission hasn't happened yet, and it's not clear whether the Barr will agree to that. The attorney general wrote that lawmakers may have access to Mueller's principal conclusions "as soon as this weekend."  

The White House response was relatively muted on Friday. Trump flew to his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, earlier in the day and held a meeting with Caribbean leaders focused on U.S. policy toward Venezuela.  

"We’re pleased that the Office of Special Counsel has delivered its report to the Attorney General pursuant to the regulations," Trump's attorneys, Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow said in a statement. "Attorney General Barr will determine the appropriate next steps."

Trump had dismissed the report earlier in the day. 

"It's going to be very interesting," Trump said on Friday morning before boarding Marine One at the White House. "But we'll see what happens. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. Everybody knows it. It's all a big hoax."

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