Members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team have told confidants that they expect the Russia investigation to last deep into 2018, according to a new report.
That timeline would run contrary to what Trump’s legal team has reportedly told him about the Mueller investigation.
White House special counsel Ty Cobb has reportedly told Trump that the Russia investigation would be wrapped up by the end of this year. Other members of the legal team have told Trump that he could expect to be exonerated early next year.
People with knowledge of the investigation said it could last at least another year — pointing to ongoing cooperation from witnesses such as former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as well as a possible trial of two former Trump campaign officials. The special counsel’s office has continued to request new documents related to the campaign, and members of Mueller’s team have told others they expect to be working through much of 2018, at a minimum.
A prolonged Mueller investigation will likely not sit well with Trump. He has told advisers that he expects to be cleared of colluding with the Russian government and of obstructing justice in the firing of James Comey as FBI director. Mueller is investigating both matters as part of an expansive investigation that began on May 17.