Special counsel Robert Mueller to make statement Wednesday on the Russia probe


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Special counsel Robert Mueller will make a statement on Wednesday regarding his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, his first public comments regarding the high-profile probe he was appointed to lead two years ago. 

The event, scheduled for 11 a.m. ET at the Department of Justice, will be streamed live, according to a press release. Mueller will not take questions.

Mueller’s remarks come less than a week after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler said that Mueller wanted to testify privately to Congress about the probe. Some Democrats pushed for Mueller to testify publicly. President Donald Trump has said that Mueller should not testify. 

The White House was advised Tuesday that Mueller “may make a statement,” a senior administration official said.

Mueller and his team of prosecutors have been tight-lipped about their inquiry into links between the president’s 2016 campaign and Russia, releasing new information rarely and generally in the form of unsealed indictments. The DOJ released a partially redacted version of Mueller’s 448-page report last month. 

The special counsel has been privately critical of Attorney General William Barr’s first public statements following the conclusion of the investigation and the resulting coverage in the media.

In March, Mueller sent Barr a letter in which he wrote that “[there] is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation.” That letter was made public in April.

Barr told lawmakers that Mueller’s letter was  “a bit snitty” and “probably written by one of his staff people.”

— CNBC’s Eamon Javers contributed to this report.  

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