US President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey in 2017, triggering a series of events that led to Mueller being named to investigate allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election and that the Trump campaign colluded in that effort.
The comprehensive report, still confidential, marks the end of Mueller's probe but sets the stage for big public fights to come.
"The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course", a White House statement read. Key House Democrats have said that the full report that Mueller submitted to Barr should be made public, and they intend to subpoena for the document - and Mueller's underlying evidence - if it is not handed over to Congress.
The almost two-year probe has shadowed Trump's presidency and resulted in felony charges against 34 people including six people who served on Trump's campaign. "The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel's report".
Remember: the actual report hasn't been released yet. Is it because Mueller has concluded that Trump did not do anything wrong, either by way of "colluding" with Russian Federation or interfering with the administration of justice?
Carlos Barria/REUTERS/NewscomAt long last, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has completed his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Mr Mueller, a former FBI director, had been examining since 2017 whether President Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow to try to influence the election and whether the Republican president later unlawfully tried to obstruct his investigation. Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director himself, remained an elusive public figure throughout the process, never giving any interviews and showing the progress of his work only as he issued indictments.
Mr Trump has sought to discredit the investigation, calling it a "witch hunt" and accusing Mr Mueller of conflicts of interest. So has Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Mr Trump's personal lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow echoed a similar sentiment, saying they were "pleased" the report had been delivered and trust Mr Barr to "determine the appropriate next steps". Manafort in the two cases prosecuted by Mueller's team was sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison. I think the public has the right to know, especially given all the time, money, and drama associated with Mueller's investigation.
"Let it come out, let people see it", the president told reporters on Wednesday. Multiple committees are now pursuing other Trump Organization associates for testimony, as well as Trump's family members like Donald Trump Jr. No president has every been removed from office via impeachment.