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Trump aide: Mueller probe 'has gone well beyond' initial scope

Trump aide: Mueller probe 'has gone well beyond' initial scope
© Greg Nash

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said in a Sunday show interview that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation into Russia's election interference has exceeded the original scope of the probe. 

“I think that we all have frustrations that we believe that the scope has gone well beyond what was intended to be investigations into meddling in the election,” Short told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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“And I think that the House and Senate have had their own investigations. The House has completed those. We’re anxious for the Senate to complete its.”

Short during the interview maintained the White House’s position that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE has no intention of firing Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House MORE, who appointed the special counsel.

But the White House has also said Trump believes he has the power to fire Mueller, a remark that set off alarm bells among lawmakers earlier this month. 

Short also argued that the investigation has produced “no evidence of collusion.”

“Taxpayers spent millions of dollars on this investigation. And to date we continue to cooperate without evidence of collusion,” Short said. “So yes. I think the president expresses a lot of frustration with where the special counsel investigation is.”

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Overnight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate MORE (R-Maine) disagreed with Short, saying on "Meet the Press" that Mueller is "staying within the parameters."