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Jim Jordan on Mueller probe: 'Distraction is finally over'

Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, applauded the conclusion of the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying Friday he's happy the "distraction is finally over."

Jordan, who is one of President Trump's top allies in the House, has been highly critical of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation while asserting there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

"Looking forward to reviewing the Special Counsel's findings," Jordan tweeted Friday evening. "This distraction is finally over."

The GOP lawmaker's comments came just hours after news broke that Mueller had delivered his highly anticipated report to Attorney General William Barr for review.

Barr sent a letter to the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate Judiciary committees advising them that he could be in a "position to advise you of the Special Counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend."

Congressional Democratic leaders have called for Trump not to receive a "sneak preview" of Mueller's findings and for details of the special counsel's investigation to be released to Congress and the public.

The confidential report was submitted to Barr on Friday, and its contents were reportedly only immediately seen by a small group within the Justice Department.

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