President Donald Trump’s legal team is certain that a central part of the probe into the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election will conclude quickly. Jay Sekulow, Trump’s lawyer, thinks that the parts of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe involving the president would end soon, even though he did not mention exact dates.
“I know we, collectively, the lawyers, are looking forward to an expeditious wrapping up of this matter,” Sekulow told the Wall Street Journal.
According to some experts, the probe will not end soon given the scope of the investigation that has reached the upper echelons of the White House. Recently, Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and promised to cooperate with federal investigators.
During the weekend the president ratcheted up his feud with FBI leadership, swiping at Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI Director James Comey, The Hill reminds.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Kremlin was concerned about the possibility of expanded U.S. sanctions on Russia.
“We don’t want to be in a situation where our bilateral relations, which are already in a rather pitiful state, could face even bigger and possibly unbearable risks and dangers. We have concerns about sanctions, but we don’t know what they will be since it’s all still discussions that aren’t based on any official information,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
In October Trump’s administration sent to Congress a list of Russian-connected figures and companies it planned to use in determining new sanctions. Those sanctions are a rebuke for Russia’s actions in eastern Europe and during last year’s presidential election in the United States. The administration said it would target its actions at those who do significant business with entities linked with Russians.
According to The Hill, potential sanctions are coming as early as January 29. In the meantime, Putin called for Russian businesses to be allowed to take their money back into the country without facing a certain tax. He also approved special bonds program in order to motivate return of the money into the country while the U.S. pursues tougher sanctions.