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Mueller Report: What's Next?

Posted at 8:17 PM, Mar 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 08:43:11-04

KGTV (SAN DIEGO) - The report investigating whether President Donald Trump or his aides colluded with Russians to interfere with the 2016 election, or obstruct justice, has been handed over to the Department of Justice. So what now?

"He didn't call a ball or a strike, he said you know I'm just going to let you guys do this," said former U.S. Attorney Chuck LaBella.

LaBella explained Attorney Robert Mueller is leaving it up to the Department of Justice to decide.

"I actually think it's the right call for him to make because he is not in the Department of Justice, he's a former prosecutor, he knows what the rules are, he knows what the standard is, but this is a Department of Justice policy decision," LaBella said.

LaBella worked on a similar investigation, during former President Bill Clinton's administration, regarding campaign finance abuses.

When it comes to how much information can be released, LaBella said the public will probably only see 30-40% of the findings.

"People calling for the public wholesale release of this need to really check the law, because the law is pretty clear,", he explained, saying grand jury materials, including interviews, are private.

"It could potentially hurt people who only had tangential involvement in this. They were initially suspected of bad conduct," he said.

LaBella said they were exonerated by the end of the investigation and it would be embarrassing to tie them to the investigation.

What does all of this mean to San Diegans?

"I don't think anything's going to change the election in California, I mean California's pretty much on one side already," LaBella said.

10News spoke with local Democratic Rep. Susan Davis, who adamantly wants the full report released, saying it has huge implications on future politics.

"I think it raises a lot of questions for our next election, in what we're going to do, how we're going to prepare for it, and so a lot of this really informs us all to be sure this never happens again," Davis said.

She said the investigation took lots of taxpayer money and two years of work and the people deserve to know what came of the investigation.

As for President Trump, his response was captured in a tweet: "No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!"

LaBella said not so fast.

"I would not be doing a touchdown dance or a dance of victory quite yet because the Southern District of New York is going to come out with its results of its investigation," La Bella said.

He explained the lesser known investigation is "looking at a lot of activities related to his corporate activities, his family's activities, his charitable activities, his campaign finance activities."

LaBella said there is no timeline on that investigation, but they are working as fast and meticulously as they can.