The Justice Department is preparing for the possibility that Robert Mueller's Russia investigation will be completed as early as next week, according to CNN.
The outlet reports newly sworn-in Attorney General Bill Barr would likely make the announcement and send a summary of the report to Congress soon after that.
According to special counsel regulations, a confidential report will be submitted to the attorney general at the end of the counsel's work. The rules don't require that the details of the report are shared with Congress, but Barr has said he wants to be as "transparent" as he can with Congress, "consistent with the rules and the law."
How much Barr should share with lawmakers will likely be questioned in upcoming weeks, but he's required to tell Congress if the DOJ prevented the special counsel from pursuing any investigative steps.
There have been signs that Mueller's investigation was winding down recently: Employees were seen leaving the special counsel's office with boxes of files, and four of the 17 prosecutors working on the investigation have reportedly returned to their regular jobs in the Justice Department.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.