President Donald Trump’s Acting Attorney General/Yes Man Matthew Whitaker said Monday that Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any ties to the Trump campaign is “close to being completed.”
Whitaker expressed skepticism about the Mueller investigation before he was named Acting AG when Trump finally jettisoned Jeff Sessions the day after the midterm elections. Specifically, Whitaker signaled to Trump that Sessions’ successor could cut Mueller’s budget so drastically “his investigation grinds to almost a halt.”
At a Monday presser announcing money laundering and fraud charges against Chinese cellphone maker Huawei, Whitaker got asked about his previous hostile remarks about Mueller’s investigation.
“The investigation is, I think, close to being completed,” Whitaker dodged.
“You know I’ve been fully briefed,” on the probe, he boasted.
“I hope that we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible,” he added, sounding very Rudy Giuliani.
Before being named Acting AG, Whitaker made that eyebrow-raising statement about the investigation that some pundits think inspired Trump to give him the gig. On Monday he said that remark had been made “as a private citizen” and “only with publicly available information.”
“I’m comfortable the decisions made are going to be reviewed “through various means we have,” Whitaker added, ominously.
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