The resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions immediately caused some to fear that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign was in jeopardy, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn’t think there is anything to worry about, according to CBS News.
McConnell told WVLK-TV on Thursday that he expected Mueller’s investigation to proceed to completion uninterrupted, despite President Donald Trump’s desire for it to conclude quickly.
“The President has said on multiple occasions the Mueller investigation should be completed,” McConnell said. “He wishes it would happen sooner. But I don’t think there’s any chance that the Mueller investigation will not be allowed to finish.”
Shouldn’t be long now: Mueller and his team have reportedly begun writing the investigation’s final report, and CNN reported that Trump had begun reviewing his written answers to Mueller’s questions.
Liberals on edge: Liberal groups have already started organizing protests calling for Mueller’s protection after acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker replaced Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in overseeing the investigation.
Whitaker has, in the past, been critical of the investigation and expressed a need for the scope of the investigation to be more limited.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Whitaker “should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller’s investigation.” Pelosi also accused Trump of undermining the Mueller investigation by forcing Sessions out.
It is impossible to read Attorney General Sessions’ firing as anything other than another blatant attempt by @realDonaldTrump to undermine & end Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 7, 2018
Republican senators also concerned: GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and incoming Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah issued statements calling for Whitaker to allow the Russia investigation to continue unimpeded. Flake wants McConnell to introduce legislation to the Senate to protect the investigation.