Sanders: Mueller probe a ‘hoax and a waste of time’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday called special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's ongoing investigation into possible ties between President TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in 'Handmaid's Tale' costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by US firm: report MORE's campaign and Russia "a hoax and a waste of time."

"We’d all be a lot better off if ... Congress and the special counsel could come to the same conclusion that the rest of America has — that this is a hoax and a waste of time," Sanders said on "Fox & Friends."

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Mueller's probe has led to indictments or guilty pleas for 32 people and three Russian companies.

Mueller has charged four former Trump campaign aides — Michael Flynn, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortAccused Russian agent moved from DC to Virginia jail for undisclosed reasons Bannon: If Trump knew about Trump Tower meeting ‘you have to question it’ Manafort conviction will add little firepower to Mueller investigation MORE, Richard Gates and George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosMueller recommends Papadopoulos be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison Hill.TV poll: 41 percent of Americans want Mueller to wrap up probe before midterms Papadopoulos's wife wants him to scrap plea deal with Mueller: report MORE — though none of the charges are related to misconduct by the president's campaign.

Trump has continued to decry Mueller's investigation as a "hoax" and a "witch hunt," though Mueller last week indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for conspiring to influence the 2016 election by hacking Democratic organizations and individuals.

Members of the GOP have split with Trump regarding Mueller's investigation. Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyFBI chief: I'm trying to bring 'normalcy' in 'turbulent times' Jim Carrey targets McCarthy, Nunes ahead of midterms House GOP prepares to grill DOJ official linked to Steele dossier MORE (R-S.C.) last week said he doesn't believe Mueller's investigation is a "witch hunt." 

Documents released on Saturday revealed that the FBI was probing former Trump aide Carter Page for possible links to Russia and used the so-called Steele dossier in part to obtain surveillance warrants on Page.

The agency concluded that Russia was trying to recruit Page to sow discord on U.S. soil.

Trump on Monday blasted the "Fake Dirty Dossier," an opposition research compilation partially funded by former Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Santorum: Mueller could avoid charges of McCarthyism by investigating DOJ, FBI Giuliani claims McGahn was a 'strong witness' for Trump MORE's campaign, which alleges ties between Trump and the Kremlin. Trump and GOP lawmakers have repeatedly decried the dossier as false, and have extended the criticism to the documents about Page.

Officials, however, told the court they found the information to be “credible.” The warrant application was based on additional information and not just the dossier.