White House: Trump has not been briefed on Mueller report

The White House on Friday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE has not been briefed on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting MORE’s final report on the Russia investigation, adding it is up to the Justice Department how to handle the long-awaited document.

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


Mueller’s report was submitted to Barr while Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla. He has yet to comment personally on the report.

White House lawyers Pat Cipollone and Emmet Flood accompanied Trump to South Florida, an unusual move for one of the president’s weekend trips but a sign the West Wing was on high alert for the Mueller report to be submitted.

Trump’s personal attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow said in a joint statement they were “pleased” the report has been delivered to Barr, whom they reiterated “will determine the appropriate next steps.”

The special counsel’s report is expected to include Mueller’s conclusions on whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia’s effort to interfere in the 2016 election and if the president obstructed the probe. It's the result of a nearly two-year investigation that has hung over Trump’s presidency.

Trump, who has frequently lashed out at Mueller, said in an interview with Fox Business Network that “people will not stand for it” if the report contains damaging information about him.

“We'll see what happens. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. Everybody knows it. It's all a big hoax. I call it the witch hunt. It's all a big hoax,” Trump told reporters at the White House earlier Friday before the report was submitted.

Barr is facing heavy pressure from Democrats and many Republicans to release the full report to Congress and the public.

“Attorney General Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any ‘sneak preview’ of Special Counsel Mueller's findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K Battle heats up for House Foreign Affairs gavel Nearly one-third of US adults expect to lose employment income: Census Bureau MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms Trump supporters could hand Senate control to Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement.

In a letter to congressional chairmen notifying them of the report’s submission, the attorney general said Mueller was never blocked from pursuing investigatory threads and added Congress could be briefed on Mueller’s “principal” findings “as soon as this weekend.”

Barr said he would consult with Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House MORE to determine what can be released.

“I remain committed to as much transparency as possible, and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review,” Barr wrote.

Updated at 6:14 p.m.