President Donald Trump has departed Mar-a-Lago for his golf course on Saturday morning, appearing carefree but remaining silent on Twitter after special counsel Robert Mueller filed his final report.
Trump’s motorcade arrived at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida shortly after 9am on Saturday, with sunny skies above and a forecast high of 77 degrees.
En route, he was spotted perusing a newspaper, and wearing reading glasses, a red ‘USA’ hat and white polo shirt. There was no word on any planned golf partners for the day.
On Friday, a senior Justice Department official said that Mueller will file no more indictments with federal courts, meaning the president, his inner circle of present and former confidants and his family members are out of immediate legal jeopardy.
Trump is spotted publicly for the first time since word of Mueller’s report broke, appearing carefree as his motorcade rolled from Mar-a-lago to Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday morning
Trump was seen perusing a newspaper, and wearing reading glasses, a red ‘USA’ hat and white polo shirt. There was no word on any planned golf partners for the day, though the weather forecast was ideal at 77 and sunny
The president has remained uncharacteristically silent in the wake of the news, not tweeting once since word broke that Mueller had concluded his probe
Trump’s supporters greet his motorcade as it travels from Mar-a-Lago to Trump International Golf Course on Saturday
Trump had already arrived at his Florida retreat on Friday afternoon when Attorney General William Barr revealed that he had received the report.
The White House has not received a copy of the report or been briefed on it, according to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
‘The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course,’ Sanders said in a statement.
Barr is expected to brief Congress on the key findings of the report as early as this weekend.
The president has remained uncharacteristically silent in the wake of the news, not tweeting once since word broke that Mueller had concluded his probe.
His silence has led some Trump critics to suspect that Mueller has uncovered incriminating information, but Trump’s supporters insist that the lack of new indictments is vindication for the president.
Trump’s motorcade on Saturday morning was the first public sighting of the president since word of the Mueller report broke.
On Friday afternoon, a few hours prior to the news, he appeared relaxed and smiling alongside First Lady Melania during a a photo opportunity with Caribbean leaders before a working meeting at Mar-a-lago.
Melania and Donald Trump hosted Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago, Florida on Friday, hours before word of the report
The president and First Lady appeared at Mar-a-lago earlier on the same day that Robert Mueller handed in his repor
Melania wore a linen silk dress from UK brand LK Bennett featuring distracting bold orange, white and black Aztec-inspired prints.
The cinched-in-at-the-waist ‘Andrea’ round-neck occasion dress is currently on sale for $282.50, down from $565. Melania paired the midi-length half price frock with Christian Louboutin heels.
Trump has no public events scheduled until he departs Mar-a-Lago to return to the White House on Sunday afternoon.
As the president relaxes in Florida, news of Mueller’s report has lit DC on fire, with political partisans from both sides trying to spin developments in their favor amid the gap in information about what the report contains.
The next step is up to Barr, who is charged with writing his own account of Mueller’s findings and sending it to Congress. In a letter to lawmakers, he declared he was committed to transparency and speed. He said he could provide details as soon as this weekend.
With no details released at this point, it’s not known whether Mueller’s report answers the core questions of his investigation: Did Trump’s campaign collude with the Kremlin to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of the celebrity businessman? Also, did Trump take steps later, including by firing his FBI director, to obstruct the probe?
But the delivery of the report does mean the investigation has concluded without any public charges of a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and Russia, or of obstruction by the president. A Justice Department official confirmed that Mueller was not recommending any further indictments.
That person, who described the document as ‘comprehensive,’ was not authorized to discuss the probe and asked for anonymity.
The Robert Mueller-led probe was over Friday. Mueller is pictured arriving at his Washington DC office Thursday night
Attorney General William Barr (center) arrives at home in McLean, Virginia on Friday evening
That’s good news for a handful of Trump associates and family members dogged by speculation of possible wrongdoing.
They include Donald Trump Jr., who had a role in arranging a Trump Tower meeting at the height of the 2016 election campaign with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was interviewed at least twice by Mueller’s prosecutors.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Mueller might have referred additional investigations to the Justice Department.
All told, Mueller charged 34 people, including the president’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and three Russian companies.
Twenty-five Russians were indicted on charges related to election interference, accused either of hacking Democratic email accounts during the campaign or of orchestrating a social media campaign that spread disinformation on the internet.
Five Trump aides pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Mueller and a sixth, longtime confidant Roger Stone, is awaiting trial on charges that he lied to Congress and engaged in witness tampering.
It’s unclear what steps Mueller might take if he uncovered what he believes to be criminal wrongdoing by Trump, in light of Justice Department legal opinions that have held that sitting presidents may not be indicted.