Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team have finished all interviews with White House staff members according to an attorney on President Trump’s legal team.
“The White House interviews are completed,” White House special counsel Ty Cobb told CNN on Tuesday. “We remain hopeful for an appropriate and prompt conclusion.”
Though more interviews could be scheduled, Cobb indicated that the White House portion of the probe should be completed next year. A White House official told CNN that interviews of President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence were not requested by Mueller’s office, while Cobb and a special counsel spokesman declined to comment.
“It’s much closer to the finish line than people realize,” Cobb said. “We’re basically done here at the White House.”
Interviews with White House officials, which began in September, have recently included White House communications director Hope Hicks, senior adviser Stephen Miller and White House counsel Don McGahn. Senior adviser Jared Kushner and National Security Council chief of staff Keith Kellogg were also scheduled for interviews, according to CNN.
Former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary Sean Spicer were interviewed already as were former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide, Richard Gates, who were indicted on tax fraud and money laundering charges in October.
National security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI.
Cobb had previously believed the probe would come to an end by Thanksgiving but Mueller has not given any indication that the witch hunt against the president would be ending soon, despite the lack of evidence that there was any alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Trump blasted the “thousands of hours wasted” by the investigation in a tweet on Tuesday.
Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia – so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
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