Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons urged special counsel Robert Mueller to not make any announcements that could influence the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections in an interview Wednesday.
When asked if Mueller should be careful about the timing of possible releases from the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, Coons stressed the importance of waiting until after the midterm elections to make any major announcements, mentioning former FBI Director James Comey and his decision to reopen an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-mails days before the 2016 presidential election.
“I believe it is important that the special counsel avoid any major announcements in the weeks before, the months before, the midterm elections. And I fully expect [Mueller] to follow that practice,” Coons said on CNN. “There was widespread and bipartisan concern expressed about director Comey’s timing of his announcements about reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails days before the 2016 general election. I’m confident special counsel Mueller will be very aware of and follow that longstanding department of the justice policy.”
CNN anchor John Berman followed up by asking Coons if he is saying Mueller should be silent from September to November. (RELATED: Trump Worries Mueller Team May ‘Meddle’ In Midterm Elections)
“Roughly. I’m not going to pick a specific date. I would expect if there is going to be bombshell announcements out at the Mueller investigation, we’ll see them in the next two months. And we won’t see big announcements in the weeks leading up to the midterm election,” Coons responded.
The news comes as President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Mueller’s team will meddle with the upcoming midterm elections.
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