Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties to the Trump campaign may last another year, according to a new report.
The Washington Post on Monday reported that sources close to the investigation are predicting it could last at least another year.
Those familiar with the investigation cite the continued cooperation from major figures such as former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign adviser George Papadopoulos as evidence the probe may still have some significant time left before its completion.
Members of Mueller’s team have also told others they plan to be working on the investigation well into 2018, at the very least.
This latest report conflicts with the White House’s continued stance the Russia probe is expected to conclude soon.
Back in August, White House special counsel Ty Cobb argued the investigation was “narrow,” adding he’d be “embarrassed if this is still haunting the White House by Thanksgiving and worse if it’s still haunting him by year end.”
Rumors have been swirling the president plans to fire Mueller before the end of the year. The White House, however, has denied those claims.
But Republicans in Congress have turned up their criticisms of Mueller. “We are now beginning to better understand the magnitude of this insider bias on Mr. Mueller’s team,” Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tweeted last week he’s “increasingly worried Republicans will shut down the House Intelligence Committee investigation at the end of the month.”