FEATURED:

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 TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East 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."

ADVERTISEMENT

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 ManafortFusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth in Congress, attorney cries McCarthyism Virginia judge calls Manafort’s plea deal ‘highly unusual,’ but is it? Three reasons Mueller may not charge Trump with obstruction MORE, Richard Gates and George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosCalif. man ensnared in Mueller probe sentenced to 6 months in prison The Mueller investigation: Where it stands at the midterms Mr. President, tear down the wall hiding those FISA abuses 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 GowdyHouse GOP sets deposition deadline for Fusion GPS co-founder Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant Comey rejects request for closed-door interview with House Republicans 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 ClintonBudowsky: Closing message for Democrats Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach GOP mocks Clinton after minor vehicle collision outside Mendendez campaign event 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.