Sen. Chris Coons said he's "confident" that special counsel Robert Mueller will avoid the sins of James Comey and not make any "bombshell announcements" in the weeks ahead of November's midterm elections.
The Delaware Democrat, not up for reelection this year, made the comments Wednesday on CNN's "New Day" morning program.
"It is longstanding Department of Justice policy to not make major announcements around investigations in a way that might influence an election," Coons told CNN, a nod to Comey's decision to announce a reopening of Hillary Clinton's private email probe mere days before the 2016 election.
"I believe it's important that the special counsel avoid any major announcements in the weeks before, the months before, the midterm elections, and I fully expect him to follow that practice," Coons said.
Coons said that means Mueller should be radio silent "roughly" from September until after the midterms.
"I'm not gonna pick a specific date but I would expect if there's going to be bombshell announcements out of the Mueller investigation, we'll see them in the next two months and we won't see big announcements in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections," Coons said.
Coons also praised Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy for publicly throwing support behind the FBI's actions in dealing with the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Gowdy on Tuesday said the agency acted properly, tacitly rebuffing Trump's incessant harping about a political conspiracy.
Coons told CNN it was an "important statement" by Gowdy.
"I think he's stepping forward and putting to rest the baseless allegations by President Trump," Coons said. "I'm frankly grateful to Congressman Gowdy that he has stepped forward and made such a clear and forceful statement."
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