GOP rep: If Mueller had found collusion, 'investigation would have wrapped up very quickly'

Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciMedicare for All won't deliver what Democrats promise GOP rep: If Mueller had found collusion, 'investigation would have wrapped up very quickly' House Ethics Committee extends probe into Renacci MORE (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that he believes special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election would have turned up evidence of alleged collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign by now if there had been any.

"I think if Robert Mueller had already found collusion, this investigation would have wrapped up very quickly," Renacci said on CNN's "New Day."

Renacci, who lost his bid last month to unseat Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Hillicon Valley: Google to promote original reporting | Senators demand answers from Amazon on worker treatment | Lawmakers weigh response to ransomware attacks Senate Democrats want answers on 'dangerous' Amazon delivery system MORE (D-Ohio), said he believes the investigation should be allowed to finish, but suggested that it should wrap up relatively soon after going on for nearly two years.

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"I also believe, let’s see what all comes out, let’s see what all plays out and let’s not make any decisions in advance," he added.

Renacci claimed that "clearly there's no collusion" between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE and Russia, an assertion anchor John Berman pushed back on, noting that Mueller has made no such declaration.

Trump has, for months, insisted that he did not collude with Russia, often decrying the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt."

Mueller has thus far implicated five former Trump associates in his investigation, as well as more than 20 Russian nationals.

In a court filing last week, the special counsel's office laid out the extent of cooperation between prosecutors and former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

On Friday, Mueller’s team detailed allegations that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to prosecutors after reaching a plea deal.

The special counsel also filed supplementary paperwork about former Trump attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenMichael Cohen denies Omarosa advising him in prison Trump sues to block NY prosecutors' subpoena for his tax returns Senior HUD official reprimanded for making political statements on the job MORE, who prosecutors in Manhattan said in a Friday court filing had violated campaign finance law at the president's direction.

Trump on Monday called the alleged violations a "simple private transaction."