Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, fired off a warning to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Department of Justice's Russia investigation: don't let it "turn into a fishing expedition."
According to The Dallas Morning News, Cruz spoke with reporters Friday regarding the probe into whether President Donald Trump and/or people close to him broke any laws during the campaign, the transition period, or his presidency.
"Bob Mueller is a good and honorable man, but I certainly hope that the appointment of a special counsel doesn't turn into a fishing expedition," Cruz said. "There's a reason that special counsels and independent counsels have gone adrift in the past. It's because they allowed their mandate to encompass everything in a massive fishing expedition. That would be an abuse of the terms of the appointment, so I hope that's not happening."
The wide-ranging probe originally centered on whether Trump's campaign had improper ties to Russia, but it has since been expanded to whether Trump obstructed justice in firing FBI director James Comey in May.
Mueller's team is looking at all options to see if anything illegal took place.
There have been several leaks in recent days about the probe, which Cruz refused to comment on.
"I'm not going to respond to unsubstantiated media leaks and anonymous sources," Cruz said. "I do think Bob Mueller is a good and honorable man. I would hope he focuses on his specific assignment."
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