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Comey Claims Mueller’s Investigation May Be Nearing Its End

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Former FBI director James Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump in May of 2017, thinks that special counsel Robert Mueller, who picked up the Russia investigation after Comey’s termination, may be nearing the end of the inquiry.

Comey bases his claim on the latest plea deal issued out from Mueller’s team to Paul Manafort, who served as Trump’s campaign manager during the president’s 2016 campaign.

“I think there’s an argument to be made that the conviction — the plea and cooperation by Paul Manafort — may represent that we’re in the fourth quarter,” Comey said during an interview on St. Louis Public Radio on Wednesday.

The former head of the FBI elaborated that, because Manafort was higher up in the ranks of Trump’s team, it may indicate that the end could be coming soon.

“Because the way you normally do investigations is you work from the bottom up, and so they’re getting pretty high,” Comey said.

Comey did caution against taking his word as truth, however, adding the caveat that he doesn’t know “with certainty” where Mueller’s investigation is presently at with regards to the investigation. Comey chalks that up to Mueller’s indemnity during the evidence collection process.

“The reason I’m hesitant to even say that is Bob Mueller’s conducted his investigation like a pro,” Comey added. “You know nothing about it except through his public filings, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. So I can’t say with certainty where he is.”

The Russia investigation began with looking into the Kremlin’s suspicious behavior, and has demonstrated that nation’s attempts to interfere in our elections two years ago in order to help Donald Trump win the presidency. It has since expanded, with many believing that it is also looking into possible collusion between Trump’s team and Russia in order to help facilitate that win.

The investigation may also be looking into Comey’s termination itself, and could possibly bring charges of obstruction of justice against the president for having done so if the FBI director was fired over the investigation.

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