Speaking with CNN host Chris Cuomo, a congressional correspondent said GOP officials worry that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump White House may extend way into next year and could have a devastating effect on Republicans in the 2018 midterms.
During a discussion on reports that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn may have flipped on President Donald Trump, Washington Examiner reporter David Drucker said Republicans worry that that the Mueller investigation may be so huge now that it could bleed well into 2018.
“Look, we know this investigation really irritates President Trump. and people closest to him find it to be very distracting,” Drucker told host Cuomo. “I think that the bigger danger is not so much Trump because there’s more at the moment. There’s more time for this to play out before he goes in front of the voters again in 2020.”
“Republicans on Capitol Hill are concerned about the length of the investigation as it relates to the 2018 elections,” he continued. “Could Mueller come up with a big finding just before the election next year that could put the Republicans further on defense? They’re on the ballot next year and he is not.”
“Initially they were pleased to see special counsel because it got them off the hook for what they were supposed to do about this potential problem with Trump, his campaign, and the Russians,” Drucker continued to explain. “Then they realized this is completely out of their control. They have no control of the timing. They don’t know what they’re going to find. They don’t know how it’s going to look. Now they are, in a sense, at the mercy of the president but not just the president. Whatever it is the president or people close to him might have done during the last campaign may impact them in the next campaign.”
Summing up the various paths Mueller appears to be following, and how the Trump investigation seems to continually be expanding, host Cuomo laughed and explained, “All because he fired Comey.”
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