CBS: Our Sources Expect Mueller Probe Completed by Mid-March

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CBS: Our Sources Expect Mueller Probe Completed by Mid-March
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CBS: Our Sources Expect Mueller Probe Completed by Mid-March
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During a report on Roger Stone’s recent court appearance, CBS’s Paula Reid mentioned the network’s sources expect the Robert Mueller probe to be complete by the middle of next month. CBS isn’t the only news outlet to suggest the investigation will be wrapping up in the next few weeks, but CBS is among the most reputable to have claimed to receive the information from direct sources. The completion of the investigation is expected to coincide with US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s resignation.

The Special Counsel investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump 2016 Campaign began in May of 2017. The investigation is headed by former Director of the FBI Robert Mueller. Generally, a special counsel investigation would be overseen by the Attorney General, but Jeff Sessions recused himself shortly after taking office.

In place of then-Attorney General Sessions, the investigation has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Although Rosenstein was appointed by Trump, the two have had a falling out since then. Much like he did with Sessions, President Trump has repeatedly criticized Rosenstein on Twitter. This was especially true following former acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe’s recent claim that Rosenstein offered to secretly record the president on numerous occasions.

The investigation has resulted in multiple indictments, guilty pleas, and convictions. Among the most notable targets of the investigation have been President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Critics of the investigation argue that none of the president’s former associates have been charged with any crimes pertaining to collusion with Russia.

One of the investigation’s most vocal critics has been President Trump himself. The president commonly refers to the investigation as a “witch hunt.” President Trump has also said he hasn’t ruled out the idea of pardoning some of the individuals involved in the Special Counsel investigation, saying he believes the entire inquiry was politically motivated.

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