EX-DOJ official says acting AG's comments on Mueller probe wrapping were 'amateur'

A former federal prosecutor and Justice Department official said acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's comments that the federal probe into election interference was almost wrapped up were "amateur" on "Rising" Wednesday.

"[It's] sort of an amateur move on his part. He probably shouldn't have gone there," Elliot Williams, a former Justice official in the Obama administration, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising." 

"I have personally lived through an unfortunate circumstance of senior members of the Justice Department saying stuff they shouldn't have, and this was just another example of it," he continued. 

Whitaker told reporters at a press conference on Monday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russian election interference is  “close to being completed.”

“I hope that we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible,” he said.

 
The comments came on the heels of Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneOverwhelming majority of voters want final Mueller report released: poll Trump seizes on poll that shows half agree Mueller investigation is a 'witch hunt' Judge sets Roger Stone trial for early November MORE's indictment in the probe, which accuses Stone of making false statements, engaging in witness tampering and interfering with a congressional investigation.
 
Stone on Tuesday plead not guilty to the charges. 
 
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