The special counsel’s chief detractor has been the president himself. Trump, in heated public remarks and on social media, has repeatedly decried the probe as a “witch hunt.” His animus has stoked fears that Trump plans to fire Mueller, prompting some Democratic lawmakers to create legislation that would protect the special counsel from such an attack. Mueller was appointed after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey who had been leading the investigation into Russian meddling.
While the White House has been circumspect about whether Trump plans to fire the special counsel, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in recent months that “the president is clear that he feels it’s gone too far” and that he believes he has the power to fire Mueller. Vice President Mike Pence recently said of the special counsel: “It’s time to wrap it up.”
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
In a tweet marking the special counsel’s anniversary, Trump called the investigation “the greatest Witch Hunt in American History.”
But the special counsel has already had a material impact on a number of key players in the orbits of both Trump and the Kremlin, issuing more than a dozen indictments and collecting a handful of guilty pleas.
As the investigation moves into its second year, its trajectory and core focus — collusion, obstruction of justice, financial crimes or other matters — remain opaque. Here’s what we’ve seen so far:
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