aker has previously criticized the Mueller investigation, and Barr

r’s nomination is under scrutiny from Democrats for a memo he wrote last year criticizing Mueller’s inquiry.

Mueller, who was appointed in May 2017, is looking into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election a

nd any potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow, among other matters that may arise from the investigation.

His team has indicted or gotten guilty pleas from 34 people, including several former Trump campaign aides and two dozen Russians, and three companies.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed any collusion between his campaign and Mo

scow, while slamming the Mueller probe as a “hoax” or “witch hunt.”

Last month, Mueller arrested Roger Stone, a longtime Trump associate, on charges o

f obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress.

As to Stone, the president told CBS in the interview that the 66-year-old veteran political ope

rative “didn’t work on the campaign” except at its onset. The president also said he hasn’t thought about pardoning Stone.

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