Special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into allegations of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign aides and Russian officials “is winding down” and “staffing down,” former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy said Tuesday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
“I think this thing is winding down, Laura,” McCarthy told host Laura Ingraham. “I mean, it looks like now there’s not going to be any charges. They’re staffing down. They’ve transitioned a lot of these cases that they brought to other components of the Justice Department. This is about over.”
Mueller, appointed last year by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, has been at the helm of the probe for almost 17 months. Although one of Trump’s lawyers, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, predicted months ago that Mueller would finish up his investigation by early September, it has stretched on.
“We are coming down to his looking really bad by interfering in the election. I think he has to get it over with by the beginning [of] or early September,” Giuliani told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” in mid-August.
“They’re staffing down. They’ve transitioned a lot of these cases that they brought to other components of the Justice Department. This is about over.”
“[Mueller] should put out his report, tell the American people what he has, and they can evaluate it. They are entitled to this information … he shouldn’t hold it to try to manipulate the election the way [former FBI Director James] Comey did,” Giuliani added back then. “I don’t think he wants to do that.”
Although McCarthy said he didn’t think the investigation would conclude before the midterm elections take place November 6, he said “the handwriting is on the wall” that it will conclude shortly without discovering “impeachable offenses.”
“What we’ll be arguing about is what’s in the report,” McCarthy predicted. “But it won’t be impeachable offenses and chargeable offenses. It will be, you know, what kind of unsavory conduct should I put in there and how much of it should get publicized.”
McCarthy also speculated about Rosenstein’s standing with Trump following an especially turbulent past few weeks.
Rosenstein’s future with the Department of Justice (DOJ) became uncertain in late September, when The New York Times reported that Rosenstein “suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration.”
The Times also reported that Rosenstein allegedly “discussed recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.”
Rosenstein’s suggestions reportedly occurred shortly after Trump abruptly fired former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
Although The Times’ sources suggested that Rosenstein’s wiretapping comment was made seriously, a source for The Washington Post insisted it was made in jest. Even if Rosenstein ever made such suggestions, the reporters noted that they never came to fruition.
Trump and Rosenstein finally met Monday in the wake of the bombshell reports. The president later insisted that he has “no” plans to fire Rosenstein.
“The press wants to know, ‘What did you talk about?’ ‘We had a very good talk,’ I will say. That became a very big story, actually. We had a good talk,” Trump told reporters Monday.
McCarthy said that Trump “realized that if he were to get rid of Rosenstein at this point, it would be like firing Comey times three, and it would give Mueller a reason to extend the investigation.”
“Why would he want to do that?” McCarthy asked.