Fed up with the growing chorus of Republicans calling for the firing of Special Counselor Robert Mueller, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, suggested that his party give Mueller “a chance to do his job.”
“I would encourage my Republican friends, give the guy a chance to do his job. The result will be known by the facts, by what he uncovers,” Gowdy said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. “The personalities involved are much less important to me than the underlying facts,” he added. “So, I would say give the guy a chance to do his job.”
While Trump has condemned the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as a “witch hunt,” Gowdy cast off the claim as unfounded.
“I think Bob Mueller has a really distinguished career of service to our country,” he said. “I don’t think any of your viewers can think of a single thing he did as the FBI director that calls them to have a lack of confidence in him… I think most of your viewers have to be reminded that he actually was the FBI director or that he actually was a U.S. attorney, because he’s a pretty apolitical guy.”
This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2017
The first indictment in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election will be served on Monday, according to NBC News.
JUST IN: Office of the Special Counsel will serve up an indictment Monday in connection with Russia probe, an official confirms to NBC News
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 28, 2017
While the recipient or the specific charges are still unknown, a federal grand jury has approved the charges that are set to be delivered first thing this week. Until then, however, the charges are to remain sealed under a federal judge’s order.
Per CNN, those charged could be taken into custody that day.
Monday’s announcement will mark a major milestone for an investigation that began with former FBI Director James Comey and continued after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to take over in May of this year. The probe focuses on Russian interference in the election, collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump administration to affect its outcome, and whether Trump obstructed justice in firing James Comey, who was previously leading the probe.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has indicated that Mueller’s investigation is nearing its end.
“I have not spoken with anybody at the Department of Justice on that front,” she said, “but I think that we are seeing that it is getting closer to conclusion.”
CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, however, surmised that – while we will see the first charges on Monday – the investigation will last “well into 2018.”
Jeffrey Toobin: If anybody thinks the Mueller investigation is going to be wrapping up, this decision guarantees it will go well into 2018 pic.twitter.com/iCftwFzBA6
— CNN (@CNN) October 28, 2017
“In white-collar investigations, usually the first indictments are against individuals that you hope will plead guilty and cooperate against others,” Toobin said. “You don’t indict the big fish first, you indict smaller fish in hopes of getting the big fish.”
Despite all of the President’s efforts to not only downplay, but outright obstruct American efforts to bring those responsible for breaking the law to justice, the fact that even the most outspoken and hard-line Republicans are coming to Mueller’s defense is a decidedly bad omen for a flailing Trump administration.