Russia election meddling probe could end by Sept 1, says Trump’s lawyer

Washington, May 21(Petra) — Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign could end by 1 September.

Giuliani said the office of Robert Mueller the special counsel who is leading the investigation plans to end the investigation by then, and had shared the timeline some two weeks ago, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

“You don’t want another repeat of the 2016 election where you get contrary reports at the end and you don’t know how it affected the election,” Giuliani added.

Former FBI director James Comey, fired by Trump last year, announced that the bureau would reopen an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s misuse of a private email server just 11 days before the 2016 presidential vote, a move that may have helped cost her the election. Trump, who has repeatedly described the investigation as a “witch hunt,” views it as a stain on his presidency and wants it over.

His former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his first national security adviser Michael Flynn and an assortment of campaign aides have all been caught in Mueller’s investigation, variously pleading guilty, cutting a plea deal or fighting the case in court.

Source: Jordan News Agency