Mueller has given no indication when his investigation of Russian election interference and the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Moscow will come to an end.
The shift marks a stunning turnaround for the president, who had faced intense blowback from Republican lawmakers after his cozy summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland last week.
At a joint press conference during the summit, Trump railed against Mueller and members of the news media and suggested that Putin was more credible than his own intelligence chief, Dan Coats, who has accused Russia of undertaking an “unprecedented influence campaign” in 2016.
Trump’s performance was widely ripped by lawmakers of all stripes, who slammed his remarks as “treasonous” and “disgraceful.”
Despite an attempt to walk back some of his remarks less than 24 hours later, Trump, amid ongoing criticism,invited Putin to the White House this fall for second summit.
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