Special Counsel Robert Mueller plans to end his probe into whether President Donald Trump obstructed the Russian investigation by Sept. 1, Trump's lawyer told the New York Times.
Rudy Giuliani, hired by Trump less than a month ago, said Mueller shared his timeline with Trump's legal team during a sit-down that took place a few weeks ago.
Giuliani during his interview with the Times also warned to avoid "another repeat of the 2016 election where you get contrary reports at the end and you don’t know how it affected the election," referring to former FBI Director James Comey's announcement just days ahead of the election that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
Giuliani has urged Mueller to wrap up his obstruction case quickly, and is still in talks with Mueller on whether Trump will sit down for an interview regarding the probe.
Mueller is looking into whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he allegedly asked Comey to end his investigation into then-national security adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn is the fourth person connected to the Trump campaign to be charged as part of Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
Guiliani also told the Times his team wants the "concentration of this to be on Comey versus the president’s credibility, and I think we win that and people get that" and that he wants the results of the investigation to be released publicly.
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