GOP lawmaker introduces resolution to end Mueller probe

GOP lawmaker introduces resolution to end Mueller probe
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Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), who is currently running for Senate, introduced a resolution in the House on Thursday calling for an end to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's Russia investigation unless evidence of collusion is produced within the next 30 days.

Rokita argued the investigation needs to be resolved quickly to "preserve the integrity of our democratic institutions." Rokita added he believes it's fiscally irresponsible to drag out the probe, estimating it has cost taxpayers upward of $17 million. 

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“The Mueller investigation has dragged on for nearly a year at a cost of tens of millions of dollars without producing a shred of evidence of collusion—the matter it was tasked with investigating in the first place," he said in a statement. "I expect a valid progress report within the next 30 days or the investigation should be terminated." 

The resolution demands Mueller report the status of the investigation to members of the lower chamber and provide a timeline on when he expects the investigation to conclude. Rokita noted the Justice Department, intelligence agencies and committees in both chambers of Congress have looked into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but doesn't feel they have produced evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“No one in government should be without accountability, and for many Americans, this investigation looks more like an attempt by the Washington elite to destroy President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE with innuendo, leaks, and baseless allegations than to provide justice,” he said. 

Rokita's announcement comes after his GOP primary challenger in the Senate race, Rep. Luke MesserAllen (Luke) Lucas MesserK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Yoder, Messer land on K Street House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office MORE (R-Ind.), introduced a pro-Trump resolution this week calling for the president to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in peace talks between North and South Korea.