MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said acting attorney general Matt Whitaker's prediction that special counsel Robert Mueller was almost finished was more wishful thinking than inside knowledge. He said some of those conversations included "general discussion of the Special Counsel's investigation in which I gave my views on such matters as Bob Mueller's high integrity and various media reports".
"I hope that we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible", Whitaker said.
He suggested his impression of the investigation might be different now, because the statements he had made in opposition to the Mueller probe were "as a private citizen only with publicly-available information". "Right now, the investigation is close to being completed".
Mr Mueller has been tight-lipped about when the months of closed-door grand jury sessions and plea deals will conclude, leaving questions over how far into the White House his probe will reach and what will happen to his findings.
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Mueller was appointed special counsel after Trump abruptly fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey that same month.
Whitaker's remarks came just days after Special Counsel Robert Mueller ordered the dramatic predawn arrest of former Trump adviser Roger Stone on charges he allegedly lied to Congress and directed another witness to do the same.
The special counsel's office declined to comment to CNBC.
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Russian Federation denies any wrongdoing in the 2016 election.
Whitaker didn't say exactly when he thought the investigation would end. CBS News Washington correspondent Paula Reid discusses when Robert Mueller could file his final report and how concerned President Trump should be.
Without elaborating, Whitaker said: "I am comfortable that the decisions that were made are going to be reviewed", he added.
Those comments, coupled with Whitaker's friendship with Trump's 2016 election co-chair, Sam Clovis, have raised questions about whether Whitaker should recuse himself.
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Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker's comments were a departure for the Justice Department, which rarely comments on the state of the investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.