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Whitaker: Mueller probe is 'close to being completed'

Whitaker: Mueller probe is 'close to being completed'

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein chose Mueller as special counsel to take over the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Kremlin.

Earlier this month, Trump's legal team pushed back on the suggestion the White House could seek to keep parts of Mueller's final report under wraps.

Asked about his view of the Mueller probe, given critical comments he had made while working as a television pundit before he started working at the Justice Department, Whitaker said that those statements were offered while he was as a private citizen.

Over the course of his almost two-year-long probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors have now indicted 34 individuals and three Russian businesses on charges ranging from computer hacking to conspiracy and financial crimes. In opinion pieces and interviews, Whitaker had argued the probe should be limited in scope, at one point arguing its budget should be cut "so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt". They included another commitment to make public whatever report Mueller completes, although all along Barr has been careful to say he would observe the law and Justice Department regulations as appropriate - stopping short of a blanket promise. "If referrals are made by committees, we would investigate". "So I would not be holding my breath for this to be over, but I do think we're in the last stages of it". His comments follow the indictment of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone.

"I would resign rather than follow an order to terminate the Special Counsel without good cause", Barr wrote in response to a question from New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker.

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He suggested he'd also want a "prorated down payment" for his long-sought border wall with Mexico but didn't describe the term. McConnell's calculation may be that if both bills fail, that could convince Republicans and Democrats to seek a compromise.

Watch the clip above, and see more from McCarthy on the Stone indictment below. Trump has repeatedly said he was not involved in any collusion with Russian Federation and has often referred to the probe as a "witch hunt".

On Friday, long time Trump confidante Roger Stone became the sixth Trump associate to be charged by Mueller.

Manafort's convictions related largely to bank and tax fraud.

Whitaker later joined the Justice Department as chief of staff to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom President Trump forced out soon after Election Day past year.


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