President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he believes special counsel, Robert Mueller, “is going to be fair” in the investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election.
“There’s no collusion. But I think he’s going to be fair,” Trump said during an interview at his West Palm golf club in Florida.
His assurance comes as a surprise considering that a number of Republicans have criticized Mueller’s investigative team of being biased towards the president. GOP legislators recently obtained a series of texts sent by a senior FBI agent, insulting Trump. That same FBI agent was part of Mueller’s probe at the time of the leak. While the agent has since been reassigned from the investigation, Republicans have called for the firing of deputy FBI director, Andrew McCabe, for not tackling the Hillary Clinton email investigation properly.
On the other side of the aisle, Democrats were certain that Trump would use the texts as a basis for firing Mueller, however, the White House has repeatedly dismissed the claim.
President Trump said that the investigation puts the country in a negative light, and he hopes that the probe will come to an end in the near future. He also expressed disappointment in Attorney General, Jeff Sessions’, recusal from the Russia probe, a feat that led to Mueller’s appointment as head of the investigation.
Trump pointed out to Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, who took a more active stance in defending the then-president.
“I have great respect for that, I’ll be honest,” President Trump said.
Trump expects Mueller to provide a fair report at the end of the probe, insisting that he did not collude with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
While the president believes the Russia probe have only made the GOP stronger, his approval ratings offered a different opinion. According to the Gallup’s daily tracking poll, Trump’s approval rating is currently below 40 percent.
Trump once again claimed that Mueller’s investigation is nothing more than a “ruse” pushed by Democrats, as a response to them losing the election.
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