Former U.S. prosecutors: Despite White House statements, Russian probe is just beginning
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insists that she expects Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election “to conclude soon,” after two indictments were handed down and a guilty plea was filed on Monday.
However, two former U.S. prosecutors are saying those developments suggest the very opposite: That things are just getting going.
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“We are at the beginning,” former Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Myers Wood told CBS News Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett and political director Steve Chaggaris on this week’s episode of “The Takeout.”
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“We’re at the bottom of the second inning of a long game,” Wood’s husband, former U.S. Attorney John Wood added.
“I think that people at the White House ought to be nervous. ”
Meanwhile, President Trump insists that he’s not the target of Mueller’s investigation and that Monday’s charges “have nothing to do with us.” He told the New York Times Wednesday, “I do not even investigate, as you know.
But, John Wood points out, “We do not know if he’s being investigated,” adding that because Mueller’s team has not leaked very much to reporters, there’s a lot we do not know about the investigation. And if the president is not being investigated, that does not mean he will not be roped into the investigation itself, Wood said.
“In terms of whether the president will have to testify, my guess would be that he will end up testifying in some form. up being a witness to something that would be of interest concerning the campaign. “