There are growing calls for Robert Mueller to wind down his investigation of Russian collusion and a veteran watchdog group, meanwhile, says the probe itself has been a disaster.
As the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller turned a year old May 10, there are increasing calls to wrap things up, including in recent days from Vice President Mike Pence and from John Kelly, chief of staff to President Trump.
One year in, Dems might not like where Mueller probe ends up
By Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow)
The investigation of Russia collusion, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, has hit the one-year mark and observers say it's skating on thin ice both legally and politically.
Earlier this week, President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani announced that Mueller told him he will follow Justice Department guidelines from 1999 and not seek an indictment against Trump. That guidance says you cannot indict a sitting president.
Tea Party co-founder Mark Meckler says the investigation is causing political problems as well.
"It appears now that it's backfiring," he tells OneNewsNow. "We're actually seeing a bunch of Democrats sort of walk away from the Russia collusion narrative because they're worried about that for '18."
Some of those same Democrats are getting worried, he says, about what a deep look into Mueller's team and tactics might find.
"Looking back over the last year," says Meckler, "what it looks more like is that the Deep State here in the U.S. colluded to try to prevent Trump from being elected, and frankly once elected to try to terminate – or at least cripple his presidency."
Those agencies involved in this suspected "Deep State" attempt include the FBI, CIA, and Justice Department.
"In the interest of the country," Pence told NBC News, "I think it's time to wrap it up."
Critics point out the ongoing legal probe has found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government related to the 2016 presidential election, the basis on which the special counsel was called.
Democrats, meanwhile, predictably want the investigation to continue.
Tom Fitton, president of D.C.-based watchdog Judicial Watch, recently called the investigation an "unmitigated disaster" and said an honest media would admit it has failed.
"Frankly, the president has been victimized through all this," Fitton told Fox News, "because evidently there is nothing to justify an investigation of him requiring Justice Department resources and authorities the way it's been misused to date."
Fitton and Judicial Watch are known for chasing down suspicious activity by Washington politicians, and he blamed Mueller's investigation on a "deep state" that opposes Trump and includes both Mueller, James Comey, the former FBI director, and dozens of Trump-hating attorneys hired for the probe.
Editor's Note: A sidebar story quoting Mark Meckler has been added to the original story.