GOFFSTOWN — Amid speculation that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is heading toward a close, former Mueller colleague and current CNN legal analyst Michael Zeldin stopped by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Thursday to discuss the investigation that has captivated and divided the nation for nearly two years.
Zeldin, who in the early 1990s worked as Special Counsel for Money Laundering Matters under Mueller, who was then-assistant Attorney General, told a crowd of 60 attendees at Saint Anselm that he foresees an eventual showdown between President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats over the release of the Mueller Report.
A non-binding resolution calling for Attorney General Bob Barr to release the Mueller Report was passed in the Democrat-controlled House and was blocked by Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) in the Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday.
“I expect that the House Judiciary Committee is going to subpoena that report once it hits the Justice Department, and that will be a big fight if the Justice Department does not want to release it,” Zeldin said.
The odds of a subpoena fight over the report were raised once again on Friday morning, with President Trump Tweeting that “the Special Counsel should never have been appointed and there should be no Mueller Report.”
Zeldin attempted to dispel the myth that Mueller was motivated by a partisan bias against President Trump.
Stating that Mueller has been a dedicated public servant since his time as a Marine in the Vietnam War, Zeldin says his former boss has the “intestinal fortitude” to fairly investigate President Trump, and noted that he had never known Mueller to be at all political.
“So when you hear of Mueller and you think, ‘Is it right that this fellow is one who has a partisan objective?’ I think the answer that I can tell you is that it isn’t so,” Zeldin said. “In my time with him, he never spoke of politics once. I didn’t even know that he was a registered Republican, as he didn’t know that I was registered with a different party.”
In 2007, Zeldin was an active supporter of then-Sen. Barack Obama during the Democratic presidential primary.
Acknowledging that he wasn’t privy to any substantive information from the Mueller team, Zeldin said he thought the odds were in favor of the probe coming to an end in the near future, but left the door open for further action by the special counsel.
“There are still active things that are ongoing,” said Zeldin.