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Trump says he'll leave decision on releasing Mueller report to Justice

Trump says he'll leave decision on releasing Mueller report to Justice
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President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE said Wednesday that he would leave decisions on how to handle special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s report once it is finished to the Justice Department.

“They’ll have to make their decision within the Justice Department,” Trump told the Daily Caller in an interview published Wednesday. “They will make the decision as to what they do.”

His comments come just days after Whitaker said Mueller’s probe would be complete soon.

Trump added that he has not spoken to Acting Attorney General Matt WhitakerMatthew G WhitakerEx-federal prosecutor: 'Thank God' Whitaker is gone, Barr will bring 'integrity' back to DOJ GOP pollster says Dems are relitigating 2016 election with investigations of Trump Former senior FBI official calls Whitaker hearing ‘disgraceful’ MORE about the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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“I haven't spoken to him about that,” Trump told the news outlet when asked a direct question.

Trump also commented on the amount of time the investigation has gone on for, saying that “after almost two years, it certainly should be" wrapping up.

Trump's attorney general pick William Barr told a Senate panel earlier this month that Trump has not asked him about his views on the Mueller report and the “substance” of Mueller's investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. Mueller is also probing whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Trump also told the Daily Caller that he believed the FBI's arrest of his longtime friend Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneFeds charge members of Three Percenters militia group over Jan. 6 attack Biden's anti-corruption memo is good news — and essential to US national security Legal intrigue swirls over ex-Trump exec Weisselberg: Five key points MORE was "very unusual" and "a disappointing scene."

Stone's arrest resulted from an indictment Mueller filed alleging Stone made false statements, engaged in witness tampering and interfered with a congressional investigation.

"You know, I’ve stayed out of that whole situation because there was no collusion whatsoever," Trump told the Daily Caller. "There was no nothing done wrong. And frankly, I could have waded in very early. I could have ended it very easily if I wanted to. But just let it run its course."

This story was updated at 10:15 a.m. on January 31.