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Republicans Fear Midterm Pain From Mueller Probe

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:42 AM

Every day that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation continues is another calendar day closer to butting up against November's midterms, bad timing for Republicans who are already trying to stave off a Democratic wave, Politico reports.

Potentially more criminal charges and trials are not what congressional Republicans want to be campaigning against as they try to hold their majorities in the House and Senate.

Front and center: The trial of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy won't start until September at the earliest, 60 days out from the midterm elections.

"The timing of the Manafort-Gates trial will dictate major coverage going into early voting," Republican strategist John Weaver told Politico.

Pending still is a potential sitdown between Mueller and President Donald Trump and the potential that Mueller's not done issuing subpoenas and bringing more criminal charges in his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The probe is piling on Republicans who already fear — and are prepping to fight off — a Democratic wave in light of Trump's universally low approval ratings and mass retirements, especially in the House.

"It's mood music that doesn't help," a senior Republican campaign strategist told Politico. "Every day the party is talking about this investigation is a day they're not talking about the economy and the tax cuts they provided and jobs and things that are successfully happening."

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