The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee made an argument that is often pushed by conservatives: The American people would get “tired” of the Russia probe by the end of the year.
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia said Wednesday that investigators are under pressure from both the far right — which insists that the federal inquiries into President Trump’s relationship with Russia are a mere “witch hunt” — and the far left — which is eager to jump to conclude that Trump and his associates did collude with Russia during the 2016 election.
“The notion for those who may be partisans in the crowd, [who] say ‘Gosh, if Democrats take control, they’ll be able to really ramp these up,’” Warner said at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. “I think the American public will be tired of it if this is not wound down in this calendar year.”
Warner seemed to be talking more about his own probe, not the more expansive one undertaken by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The Senate Intelligence Committee is preparing a series of reports on the Russia influence campaign, the first of which was released earlier this month. But it syncs with some arguments made on the right that the public does not have infinite patience for the federal probes.
Critics of the investigation from the Special Counsel have tried to apply public pressure to quicken his work. Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has told reporters, for instance, that Mueller has committed to ending the obstruction inquiry into Trump by September.
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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.