Ryan: Mueller probe should not be impeded but should end soon

Ryan: Mueller probe should not be impeded but should end soon

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Feb 8, 2018, (Photo Doug Christian)
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), pictured in February, announced in April that he would not seek re-election this year. (Doug Christian/TMN file photo)

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election should not be impeded, but nevertheless should conclude soon.

“I think he should be free to do his job. But I would like to see it get wrapped up,” Ryan said in response to a question at a news conference on Thursday that centered on Vice President Mike Pence’s call for “the special counsel and his team to bring their work to completion.”

Today marks one year since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to probe potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

So far the investigation has resulted in charges against 19 people  13 of them Russian — and three Russian companies, with five guilty pleas. The guilty pleas include former campaign aides George Papadopoulos and Rick Gates as well as former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.  All three pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Trump has long contended that the Mueller probe is a “witch hunt.” The president reiterated those sentiments in a series of tweets Thursday morning.

The House Intelligence Committee ended its Russia investigation in March. The committee released a report by the Republican majority that said no evidence of collusion was found. Democrats said Republicans rushed the investigation and did not carry out the probe in good faith.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has completed its review of the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian election meddling but has not ended its investigation.

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