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CNN's Toobin: 'Swirl of suspicion' about more indictments not justified
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Friday called the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's nearly two-year investigation, apparently without further indictments, to be an "unambiguous" victory for President Trump and his allies.
Toobin remarked on the network that critics of Trump were ill-served by projecting suspicion onto the results of Mueller's report, which has not yet been released publicly, because of the fact that Mueller had apparently concluded the probe without announcing indictments of any more of Trump's associates.
"The fact that they are not indicted and are not going to be indicted by Robert Mueller and his grand jury is unambiguously good news for them," Toobin said on "Anderson Cooper 360."
"I mean, the idea of 'well maybe some other case will be brought ...' - I mean, sure, maybe. But by and large, this has been the main investigation," he added.
Multiple news outlets reported Friday that senior Justice Department officials had said that no further indictments were being recommended by Mueller. The special counsel submitted his confidential report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday.
Republicans and allies of the president celebrated the news, emphasizing that no further indictments from Mueller's team proved that there were no criminal charges for a Trump associate relating to the issue of collusion with Russia.
"The Mueller report delivery suggests no more indictments are coming from the Special Counsel. If that's true, it would mean we just completed 2 years of investigating 'Russian collusion' without ONE collusion related indictment. Not even one," tweeted Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who sits on the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
"Why? Because there was no collusion," he added.
Several former members of the Trump campaign and the eventual Trump administration have faced criminal charges and convictions resulting from the sprawling Mueller probe.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was recently sentenced to more than seven years in prison over a slew of charges, including his illegal efforts to hide money he made working for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine from U.S. authorities.