(National Sentinel)Â No ‘There’ There: The president’s lawyers have once again predicted there will be a quick end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into President Donald J. Trump’s alleged “collusion” with Russia during his 2016 campaign.
As reported byÂ The Wall StreetÂ Journal, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow would not give a timeline for when he and others on the president’s legal team believe the probe will end.
But he nevertheless said he believes the part of the investigation that has to do with his client will end in short order.
“I know we, collectively, the lawyers, are looking forward to an expeditious wrapping up of this matter,” Sekulow said.
Trump’s legal team had previously predicted that the investigation into allegations surrounding the president would conclude by the end of 2017.
Other legal experts, however, pushed back that Mueller’s probe was going to conclude sooner rather than later.
Stephen Gillers, professor of legal ethics at New York University, cited the indictment and guilty plea of former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, who is said to be cooperating with Mueller’s team.
“Flynn is cooperating, and that cooperation is likely to lead to further subjects or targets of the investigation . . . . If this wraps up by the end of 2018, Iâ€™d be amazed,” he told the WSJ.
But again, Trump team lawyers have emphasized that they believe the probe into their client will conclude soon, not necessarily Mueller’s entire investigation, which apparently has no parameters.
Trump has called the entire probe a “witch hunt” and has been particularly critical of it in recent days over what he sees as bias among the FBI and Department of Justice.
In a tweet Saturday, the president wrote: “How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?”
How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017
McCabe spent hours behind closed doors on Capitol Hill this week being grilled by lawmakers on two separate committees as part of a new investigation of the FBI and its 2016 inquiry into Clinton’s email practices when she was secretary of state,Â Newsmax reported.
McCabe plans to retire in a few months as soon as he’s eligible for federal benefits. Critics say that he should not be allowed to receive taxpayer-subsidized benefits, however, because they believe he should be charged with a conspiracy to keep Trump out of office.
He was mentionedÂ in a text sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok to his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, in August 2016 indicating that the three of them were involved in a plot â€” an â€œinsurance policyâ€ â€” to prevent President Donald J. Trump from winning defeating Hillary Clinton or, if he did, to prevent him from staying in office.
â€œI want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andyâ€™s office that thereâ€™s no way he gets elected â€” but Iâ€™m afraid we canâ€™t take that risk. Itâ€™s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before youâ€™re 40,â€ Strzok texted to Page.
â€˜Andyâ€™ was also thought to be McCabe.
Earlier this week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called for the deputy directorâ€™s removal, the WSJ noted.
“He ought to be replaced,â€œ Grassley said. â€œAnd Iâ€™ve said that before and Iâ€™ve said it to people who can do it.â€
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