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Trump Allies Mixed Over Direction of Russia Probe

Trump Allies Mixed Over Direction of Russia Probe
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By    |   Monday, 18 December 2017 12:13 PM

Even as President Donald Trump is privately striking a less agitated tone on the Russia investigation and insists he will soon be cleared, some of his backers are worried the president is not taking the threat of the probe seriously enough and could be in for a major letdown, CNN reported on Monday.

Based on CNN's interviews over the past week with nearly three dozen White House officials, congressmen, advisers, friends of the president and sources familiar with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Trump appears so convinced of his impending exoneration that he is saying Mueller will soon write a letter clearing him, so he can finally emerge from the cloud of suspicion that has loomed over the first year of his presidency.

Trump's legal team has reportedly told the president he likely will be cleared in the coming months, but as he readies for this optimistic scenario, advisers are worried that he could explode in rash behavior early next year if the investigation doesn't end as quickly and with the result that Trump has been led to believe he should expect.

This worry comes as there has been no indication from Mueller that the investigation is in its final stages. Indeed, many legal experts say Mueller's probe is only now ramping up, with the guilty plea of former top adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and his agreement to cooperate with investigators signaling that Mueller is chasing even bigger fish.

Others point out that White House special counsel Ty Cobb has repeatedly predicted the end of the probe but delayed the date each time as it did not materialize, and that even if the probe does not target Trump it is very unlikely that Mueller would give him such a letter.

However, Axios reported that the strategy of the Trump legal team to both appear to be cooperating with Mueller on the one hand and at the same time to try and discredit him in case his report is detrimental to the president appears to be working, as an increasing number of GOP supporters are questioning the fairness of the probe.

Some of the CNN sources, however, pointed out that as disruptive to Trump's agenda as the probe is now, if the Republican lose control of the House or the Senate in midterm elections, then the Democrats would be able to significantly increase the paralysis of the administration by, among other tactics, holding public hearings on the issue.

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Even as President Donald Trump is privately striking a less agitated tone on the Russia investigation and insists he will soon be cleared, some of his backers are worried the president is not taking the threat of the probe seriously...
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