Opinion Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation is a year old. Too soon to 'wrap it up.'

18:31  17 may  2018
18:31  17 may  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Vice President Pence on Thursday urged particular counsel Robert S . Mueller III to convey his investigation into Russian election interference to an in depth, saying “ it ’ s time to wrap it up .” Pence’ s remarks echoed calls by President Trump and his legal professionals, who've argued that there isn't a

While more details about Mueller ’ s spending are expected to come out soon , some of the cost involves Comey’s abrupt dismissal is supposedly one of the key parts of Mueller ’ s investigation . Trump himself has directly pressured lawmakers to wrap up any probe involving Russia .

Robert Mueller wearing a suit and tie standing next to a window: n this June 21, 2017, file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs the Capitol after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign in Washington.© J. Scott Applewhite, AP n this June 21, 2017, file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs the Capitol after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign in Washington.

On the anniversary of Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel and the kickoff of his investigation into Russian election interference, we see a repeated theme coming from President Trump and his surrogates.

"In the interest of the country, I think it’s time to wrap it up," Vice President Pence told NBC News last week. "And I would very respectfully encourage the Special Counsel and his team to bring their work to completion,” he added.

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There was no crime to investigate so Rosenstein sent Mueller out to look for one and no end date to wrap it up . It ’s not the strength of Mueller ’ s investigation , it ’s the hypocrisy. Russian influences have been numerous over the years – old news.

Trump warming to his lawyer's upbeat view that Mueller may be close to wrapping up significant part of Russian investigation . Special counsel Robert Mueller ' s probe has entered its sixth month. White House lawyer Ty Cobb is predicting the probe will be completed soon .

One day later, Chief of Staff John Kelly suggested to NPR that the Mueller probe had gone on too long and there was "nothing there."

And then there are the brazen remarks of Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s new “TV lawyer,” who called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop both the Mueller probe and the investigation into Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer and known fixer.

As Trump’s surrogates call for the Mueller investigation to end, Republican Reps. Devin Nunes, Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan are misusing their offices to thwart it. They have irresponsibly requested documents from the Justice Department that longstanding policies make clear cannot be revealed in the middle of a criminal investigation.

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The Mueller probe began about a year ago, picking up on an investigation that began in late July 2016. The overall Russia investigation , then, is a little less than two years old . In that period of time, Mueller ’ s team has already secured over a dozen indictments and four guilty pleas.

Donald Trump ' s Lawyers Keep Saying the Russia Investigation Will End Soon . And Mueller was appointed in May. Depending on how you look at it , the Russia investigation is anywhere from six to 17 months old .

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Nevertheless, these House members have threatened Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the ultimate decider in the investigation, with impeachment and contempt of Congress if they do not get the documents. In doing so, Nunes, Meadows and Jordan are laying the groundwork for Trump to fire Rosenstein if Trump decides to replace Rosenstein with a Trump loyalist.

The arguments being made by these Trump proxies are groundless.

In contrast to the regular pace of a Justice investigation, the Mueller probe is moving along very quickly. Even Trump’s close friend, Newsmax chief executive Christopher Ruddy, has publicly recognized that. As Ruddy said on May 14, “This has moved at a lightning speed. They’re not messing around. They’re going very quickly.”

The tangible results that Mueller is producing also cannot be ignored.

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"The President's mantra is 'All this Russia stuff, it 's all going to wrap up soon .'" POTUS knows something that we don’t, that Mueller ’ s Christmas/New Year ’s present to the administration will be a public statement that Trump did no wrong.

"Asked if Mr. Mueller ' s investigation would cross a red line if it expanded to look at his family's finances beyond any relationship to Russia , Mr. Trump said, 'I would say yes.'" Now, if you talk to people close to the president, they believe that this investigation is wrapping up .

The Watergate scandals, which prompted congressional investigations and a special prosecutor, played out over more than two years and only came to an end when President Richard Nixon resigned. The so-called Benghazi investigation conducted by House Republicans lasted more than two and a half years and produced no indictments of anyone besides the attackers. The Iran-Contra Special Prosecutor investigation took more than six years and produced 11 convictions (though two were overturned).

Trump has falsely labeled the Mueller investigation a “Russian hoax.” Yet as of its first anniversary, the special counsel has indicted 19 individuals and 3 companies, including plea agreements with five individuals.

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The Mueller results to date are all the more striking when we know that this is but a partial view of the full story that Mueller will eventually reveal. They include the following:

The special counsel has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three companies for interfering with the 2016 presidential election. The indictment alleges “that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy.”

Kelly: Trump 'embarrassed' by Russia probe

  Kelly: Trump 'embarrassed' by Russia probe <p>White House chief of staff John Kelly says in a new interview that President Trump is "somewhat embarrassed" by the investigation into Russia's attempts to meddle in the 2016 election.</p>Kelly told NPR that the subject tends to come up in Trump's conversations with foreign leaders, saying while the long-running investigation "may not be a cloud" hanging over the presidency, "the president is, you know, somewhat embarrassed, frankly.

Trump privately seems less frustrated about the investigation . President tells friends and advisers that he expects Mueller to soon clear him of wrongdoing. "The President' s mantra is 'All this Russia stuff, it ' s all going to wrap up soon .'

Special counsel Robert Mueller has only just begun investigating whether President Donald Trump ’ s campaign colluded with Russia in last year ’ s election While it ’ s unclear how long it will take Mueller to wrap up his investigation , veterans of past White House scandals say that with the midterms

Paul Manafort, who spent five months in the Trump presidential campaign, including three months as campaign chairman, was indicted on conspiracy, money laundering and other charges. He is being tried in two different cases.

Rick Gates, a Manafort business partner who served as deputy campaign chairman for the Trump campaign, entered into a plea agreement with Mueller and is currently a cooperating witness. The same is true for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who served as a principal adviser during the campaign.

The Mueller investigation also has referred the Cohen case to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. This case has revealed an incredibly brazen example of Washington “pay-to-play,” with Cohen offering to sell government influence in return for huge fees.

Meanwhile, Trump himself has said he fired former FBI director James Comey — at the time Comey was leading the Russia investigation — because of the “Russia thing.”

So far, it appears that Trump will not submit to questioning by the special counsel, which partially explains why he and his helpers are so anxious to stop Mueller.

The effort to end the Mueller investigation is baseless. It is simply insupportable to end the Russia probe when it is not finished and while the public is still missing so many answers about what happened in the 2016 presidential campaign and since then.

Nixon tried to end the Watergate investigation by firing special prosecutor Archibald Cox, but concerned citizens made sure it continued. Similarly, the American people will block Trump if he tries to shut down the Mueller investigation before it is finished.

Lisa Gilbert is vice president of legislative affairs at Public Citizen and Fred Wertheimer is president and founder of Democracy 21. Follow them on Twitter: @Lisa_PubCitizen and @FredWertheimer

Rudy Giuliani questions whether there was FBI informant in Trump campaign .
Rudy Giuliani said he doesn't know for sure if the FBI had an informant in the Trump campaign. "Here's the issue that I really feel strongly about with this informant, if there is one. First of all, I don't know for sure, nor does the President, if there really was. We're told that," the former New York City mayor told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day."The New York Times reported Wednesday that at least one government informant met several times with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

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