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Special Counsel Robert Mueller said that by September 1st he will to finish his investigation into whether President Trump obstructed the Russia inquiry, according to Rudy Giuliani, Trump's attorney on the matter. Waiting any longer to do so would risk improperly influencing voters going into the midterm elections in November, Giuliani added according to the NYT, reflecting comments made earlier Sunday by Trump in a charged tweet.
Mueller reportedly informed the Trump administration of his timeline two weeks ago amid negotiations over the terms under which Trump will be questioned by investigators.
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"You don’t want another repeat of the 2016 election where you get contrary reports at the end and you don’t know how it affected the election," said Giuliani.
That said, the question over obstruction is just one piece of the special counsel's broader inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. This effort has resulted in nearly two-dozen indictments, including 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies on conspiracy charges related to an alleged Russian propaganda effort run out of a "troll farm."
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Giuliani is framing the outcome of Mueller's obstruction probe as pitting the credibility of Trump vs. former FBI Director James Comey - who accused Trump of trying to end the investigation into former National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn.
“We want the concentration of this to be on Comey...
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