Trump Lawyers Double Down On Prediction About Mueller's Russia Probe

Predict "expeditious wrapping up of this matter"

One of President Trump's lawyers said Monday that his legal team stood by their prediction that special counsel Robert Mueller would soon absolve the president of any wrongdoing in the Russia probe.

"I know we, collectively, the lawyers, are looking forward to an expeditious wrapping up of this matter," Jay Sekulow told The Wall Street Journal on Monday.

Trump's team had previously predicted that Mueller would absolve Trump before New Year's, but they shifted the prediction to the end of January in light of recent developments, particularly Trump's former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

Other legal experts aren't so sure. In fact, some are predicting the investigation to be drawn out for months, perhaps even through the end of 2018, as NYU's Stephen Gillers told the Journal. "Flynn is cooperating, and that cooperation is likely to lead to further subjects or targets of the investigation. ... If this wraps up by the end of 2018, I’d be amazed," said Gillers.

On Tuesday, Trump unloaded yet again on the document used as the initial rationale to begin the "collusion" inquiry, the unverified and Democrat-funded "Steele Dossier."

"WOW, @foxandfrlends 'Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.' And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!" tweeted Trump.

Over the Christmas weekend, the president slammed members of the FBI, particularly Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI Director James Comey, for political bias.

"How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?" Trump wrote Saturday.

"FBI’s Andrew McCabe, 'in addition to his wife getting all of this money from M (Clinton Puppet), he was using, allegedly, his FBI Official Email Account to promote her campaign. You obviously cannot do this. These were the people who were investigating Hillary Clinton,'" Trump added Sunday.

Trump's not the only one to highlight McCabe's alleged bias. Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley recently called for the deputy director to be "replaced." Others, however, warn that Trump removing another FBI figure would look bad after his firing of Comey.

But apparently the debate will soon be moot; McCabe is reportedly planning to retire in the next three months, something Trump trolled him about in another Christmas break tweet. "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!" he wrote.

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