However, many Democrats who were still unhappy at this result continued to ask questions which resulted in attorney general William Barr releasing the report publicly and there were still no signs of collusion.
Seeking to finally put an end to any speculation Mueller made a very rare public appearance to defend the investigation and basically tell Democrats and Republicans alike to just leave him alone.
Now I have not spoken publicly during our investigation. I am speaking out today because our investigation is complete.
The attorney general has made the report on our investigation largely public. We are formally closing the special counsel’s office, and as well I’m resigning from the Department of Justice to return to private life.
I’ll make a few remarks about the results of our work, but beyond these few remarks it is important that the office’s written work speak for itself.