Appearing Friday evening on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, former Nixon White House counsel and network contributor John Dean said the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election does not resolve whether President Donald Trump is a Russian agent.
A senior Department of Justice official on Friday said Mueller will not recommend any further indictments as part of his investigation.
"What I'm looking for is relief and understanding that there's no witting or unwitting likelihood that the President is an agent of Russia … We don't have that yet." – Fmr. Nixon White Counsel John Dean on the completion of Robert Mueller's Russia report https://t.co/waUt7JQYFz pic.twitter.com/HUYvYGjXwF
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A partial transcript is as follows:
ERIN BURNETT: John Dean, anything surprises you [about the Mueller probe’s conclusion?]
JOHN DEAN: Not so far. This has been right by the letter of the special counsel’s charter. He’s released the document. What I’m looking for is relief and understanding that there’s no witting or unwitting likelihood that the President is an agent of Russia. That’s when I’ll feel comfortable, and no evidence even hints at that. We don’t have that yet. We’re still in the process of unfolding the report to look at it. And its, as I say, if [Attornery General William Barr] honors his word, we’ll know more soon.