Sen. John Kennedy said Tuesday he doesn't wish to interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but he does "really wish they'd wrap it up."
The Louisiana Republican also told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he thinks President Donald Trump is within his rights to ask for an investigation into whether the FBI had spied on his 2016 presidential campaign.
"The president has asked for investigation, as we all know," Kennedy said. "That's his right. I mean, you can ask for investigation. I can ask for investigation. Doesn't mean the FBI has to do it. What would disturb me is if someone tried to steer an investigation in a particular direction.
"But to ask for an investigation, I don't think that's improper. I mean, the president's entitled to do it and as I said, you or I am."
Meanwhile, it's time for Mueller to wrap up the investigation and report what he has to the American people, said Kennedy.
"There's been so much speculation and rumor and frankly I don't know what to believe or not to believe," he said. "I don't think the American people do either, but once Mueller and the Inspector General make a report, the American people will figure it out. You know, most Americans don't read every day. But they're smart. They'll figure it out."
As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kennedy said he does not like that everyone is spinning where the ongoing investigation is concerned.
"The people that don't like Trump are saying well, something happened and the people that do like Trump are saying well, it's a witch hunt and the president as we know weighs in, and there's all -- all this speculation and innuendo and I don't know what to believe," said Kennedy. "I think I'm like the average American. But I do want to know. I want to know and I want to see the facts."
However, the senator said there is "no doubt" the Russians tried to interfere with the 2016 election, even if Trump says that isn't true.
"I'm concerned if the president tries to influence an investigation," said Kennedy. "Now, as long as he offers his opinion about an investigation, he's entitled to do that just as you are, just as I am. There's no doubt in my mind that the Russians did interfere in the 2016 election. "
Kennedy, though, does not know if Russia determined the outcome of the election, and does not know how anyone can draw that conclusion.
"People have a multitude of reasons for voting the way they do," said Kennedy. "All I'm saying is that all we have is speculation, sometimes it's rational speculation, but speculation, it's rumor, it's innuendo and I want to see the facts. If somebody did something wrong let the chips fall where they may."
And once the reports come out?
"If somebody deserves to be punished, let's punish the hell out of them and move on," Kennedy said.
Meanwhile, there are many other issues, but the Russian matter "just sucks all the oxygen out of the room," he said. "I mean on some days that's all anybody wants to talk about up here. In the media and outside the media and all I'm saying is my personal preference, I'm not trying to tell Mr. Mueller what to do. I don't have the authority anyway. I'm not trying to interfere in his investigation."
There are many other items to focus on, especially North Korea, Kennedy said, and he had strong words for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"Kim Jong Un, the boy king, is a butcher," said Kennedy. "I feel badly for the people in North Korea. He's built a third-rate country with nuclear weapons. We have to take them seriously."
Kennedy said he does think Kim will come to the table, especially since China told him to.
I think eventually he'll come to the table for a couple reasons. Number one, China has told him to," said Kennedy. "I think China almost completely controls North Korea. Some disagree with me, but I think if you took President XI Jinping of China, turned him upside down and shook him Kim Jong un would fall out of his pocket. "
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