Mike Pence warns Mueller: 'Time to wrap it up'

  • Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday urged the special counsel Robert Mueller to “wrap up” his investigation.
  • “I would very respectfully encourage the special counsel and his team to bring their work to completion,” Pence said.
  • Pence took a much softer tone on the Russia probe than Trump, who routinely refers to the investigation as a “witch hunt.”

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday urged the special counsel Robert Mueller to “wrap up” the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether any Trump associates played a part in it.

“Our administration has been fully cooperating with the special counsel,” Pence told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “What I think is that it’s been about a year since this investigation began. … In the interest of the country, I think it’s time to wrap it up.”

“I would very respectfully encourage the special counsel and his team to bring their work to completion,” Pence added, claiming the Trump administration has provided Mueller and his team with “more than a million documents” to aid the investigation.

The vice president also claimed he didn’t have any knowledge about the activities of longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and referred to the troubles he’s facing as a “private matter.”

Pence took a much softer tone on the Russia probe than Trump, who routinely refers to the investigation as a “witch hunt.”

On Monday, for example, Trump tweeted, “Is this Phony Witch Hunt going to go on even longer so it wrongfully impacts the Mid-Term Elections, which is what the Democrats always intended? Republicans better get tough and smart before it is too late!”

Mueller is also investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice at any point during the probe, including when he fired former FBI Director James Comey.

A recent CBS News poll found 53% of Americans feel the Mueller investigation is politically motivated, while 44% believe it’s justified.

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