- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Outgoing Rep. Jim Renacci said Tuesday that it’s unlikely that there was collusion between President Trump and Russian agents because special counsel Robert Mueller would have already produced evidence otherwise.

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

The Ohio Republican, who lost his challenge for Sen. Sherrod Brown’s seat, wants the investigation to come to a conclusion on its own, but insisted that “clearly there’s no collusion.”

Mr. Renacci’s comments come after a surge of new details of the Mueller probe surfaced recently, including its emphasis on WikiLeaks and insights into the Trump Organization’s Moscow project.

The special counsel submitted court documents Friday detailing that Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, made hush money payments to two women during the campaign at the direction of and in coordination with Mr. Trump. He pleaded guilty in August to several federal crimes, including campaign finance violations, in connection to the payments.

• Gabriella Muñoz can be reached at gmunoz@washingtontimes.com.

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