Special counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday completed interviews with the last in a slate of about two dozen current and former White House witnesses he’s initially requested as part of the investigation into Russia's actions in the presidential election, White House attorney Ty Cobb said.
It’s unclear if Mueller will seek follow-up interviews or seek to question additional people beyond the initial batch of witnesses, but the completion of this round of questioning tracks with the goal Cobb has long stated publicly that President Donald Trump’s White House was cooperating with the Russia investigators in search of a speedy resolution to the probe.
White House attorneys have declined to name specific staffers interviewed, but sources tracking the investigation said people questioned have included former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, presidential spokesman Sean Spicer, White House communications director and former campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks, and current White House counsel Don McGahn.
Cobb had previously said he expected the interviews to wrap up by Thanksgiving but, as the holiday approached, he backed away from that timeline. Cobb has also said he was looking for Mueller to issue a statement by the end of the year exonerating the president.
Mueller’s office declined to comment on Cobb’s characterization of the special counsel probe.
But longtime observers of special counsel cases have cast doubt on Cobb’s timeline.
Cobb has to know that his rosy scenario is pure bullshit, and that most people know it, which indicates to me that his statements are for an audience of one.
I think Cobb is blowing smoke up Donald Trump's skirt just to keep him calm while Mueller finishes the investigation that will end his presidency.
He may know that once Trump realizes how much trouble he is in, that he will completely lose his shit.