Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s claim that special counsel Robert Mueller is hoping to end his investigation into whether the president obstructed justice in the Russia probe by Sept. 1 is “entirely made up,” a new report says. A U.S. official familiar with the case said Giuliani’s assertion in a New York Times article on Sunday about Mueller’s supposed target date was “another apparent effort to pressure the special counsel to hasten the end of his work,” Reuters reported. “He’ll wrap it up when he thinks he’s turned every rock,” the unidentified source said, referring to Mueller’s inquiry into possible obstruction by President Donald Trump into the question of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“And when that is will depend on how cooperative witnesses, persons of interest and maybe even some targets are, if any of those emerge and on what new evidence he finds.”
The source added that Mueller’s investigation into possible obstruction — which is just one facet of his ongoing probe — will not end based on “some arbitrary, first-of-the-month deadline on of the president’s attorneys cooks up.”
The source’s comments to Reuters came a day after Giuliani was quoted in the Times as saying that Mueller’s office told him about two weeks ago that it hopes to finish the obstruction investigation by Sept. 1.