General Neal Katyal acting solicitor said Sunday that if Robert Mueller Robert Swan MuellerSasse: US should lead choice to lead Russia probe MORE 's investigation is "witch hunt," the special counsel has "found a coven at this point." Katyal during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" pointed to Mueller's indictments of dozens of individuals, including several of President Trump ' s former associates, such as former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort Paul John ManafortFive tantalizing questions about Mueller's investigation Manafort doesn't deserve leniency, Mueller filing argues Mueller files Manafort sentencing memo during seal: repo rts MORE and Michael Cohen, the president's former personal attorney.
"So if this is a witch hunt, Mueller's found and coven at this point," he added.
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Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Trump has long railed against the investigation, labeling it a politically motivated "witch hunt."
Mueller is also reportedly probing possible obstruction of justice on the part of Trump.
Katyal said Sunday that obstruction of justice "comes pretty close "to collusion, adding that obstruction of justice is a" crucial "crime.
" It's a really thin read to say, "Oh, you've been indicted for obstruction of justice about Russian collusion and not the Russian collusion itself. ' I mean, some people denigrate these as so-called process crimes. ”But he said, these are really crucial crimes.