Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference has passed the six-month mark, and President Trump’s staff is painting a picture of a process nearing its end. “We still expect this to conclude soon,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders has told reporters. Ty Cobb, the outside attorney brought in to help the White House in its response to the probe, told NPR’s Tamara Keith that Mueller’s interviews with Trump campaign officials would be completed “ideally by Thanksgiving.”
In a more recent interview with The Washington Post, he adjusted that estimate, but still said he “remains optimistic that it will wrap up by the end of the year, if not shortly thereafter.”
Legal experts and others within the White House, however, are expecting a much longer slog.
“I was Ty Cobb’s former law partner, and I think he’s a good lawyer, but he’s predicted this investigation is going to be over by the holidays, and I don’t think there is any way, shape or form in which that’s going to happen,” said former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal.