Former acting solicitor general: If Mueller investigation is a witch hunt, he's 'found a coven'

Former acting solicitor general: If Mueller investigation is a witch hunt, he's 'found a coven'
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Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal said Sunday that if Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's investigation is a "witch hunt," the special counsel has "found a coven at this point."

Katyal during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" pointed to Mueller's indictments of dozens of individuals, including several of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE's former associates, such as former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTop Mueller prosecutor Zainab Ahmad joins law firm Gibson Dunn Russian oligarch's story could spell trouble for Team Mueller Trump, Mueller, the issue of 'guilt' and a do-nothing Congress MORE and Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenFeds unlikely to charge Trump Organization execs in campaign finance case: report Live coverage: House Oversight examines Trump family separation policy Trump associate Felix Sater grilled by House Intel MORE, the president's former personal attorney.

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"So if this is a witch hunt, Mueller's found a coven at this point," he added. 

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Trump has long railed against the investigation, labeling it a politically motivated "witch hunt."

Mueller is also reportedly probing possible obstruction of justice on the part of Trump.

Katyal said Sunday that obstruction of justice "comes pretty close" to collusion, adding that obstruction of justice is a "crucial" crime.

"It's a really thin read to say, 'Oh, you've been indicted for obstruction of justice about Russian collusion and not the Russian collusion itself.' I mean, some people denigrate these as so-called process crimes. But anyone in law enforcement knows, these are really crucial crimes," he said.