Expect Quick End to Mueller’s Russia Probe
The White House lawyer brought in to deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the Y 2016 election said he believed the focus of the probe was “narrow” and the aspects related to President Donald Trump should be completed before the end of the year.
Ty Cobb joined the White House staff on 31 July, he made his comments in interviews with Reuters Tuesday and Wednesday, contradicting left media reports that the scope of Mueller’s probe is expanding and the views of several outside experts that the investigation is likely to continue well into Y 2018.
“I’d like to see the President out from under this by Thanksgiving, but certainly by year end,” Lawyer Cobb said, adding that he would be “embarrassed” otherwise. “I think the relevant areas of inquiry by the special counsel are narrow.”
Robert Mueller is investigating possible collusion between The Trump Campaign and Russia, among other matters. Moscow has denied interfering in the election and the president has denied collusion took place.
Mr. Cobb resigned from law firm Hogan Lovells to take the White House job, as he meets with or talks to President Trump almost daily and interacts with Mr. Mueller’s team. He said he could not discuss those communications.
As a White House lawyer, Mr. Cobb is in a different position than the President’s outside counsels John Dowd and Jay Sekulow.
Mr. Cobb would not be able to assert attorney-client privilege to protect his conversations with President Trump from a grand jury subpoena.
A spokesman for Mr. Mueller, declined to comment on any timeline for the probe or which matters would fall under the special counsel’s aegis.
Mr. Cobb said he believed Mueller’s 16-lawyer team was “appropriately focused” and understood “the urgency to the country and to the Presidency” of finishing the probe as quickly as possible.
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