Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation into the Trump campaign and possible ties to Russia.
“I think the best thing to do is let Bob Mueller do his job. I’d stay out of his way, and let that job finish without getting involved. I think it probably goes away faster,” Priebus said in an interview aired Sunday on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.
Priebus also cast doubt on suspicions of collusion or coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
“The Trump campaign wasn’t hardly colluding with the RNC, let alone the Russians,” he said.
Priebus also said the investigation is a distraction for President Trump.
Priebus, the Wisconsin native who served as chairman of the Republican National Committee, was Trump’s first chief of staff before parting ways with the administration in the summer of 2017.
Priebus said the chief of staff job is not easy, but he remains close to Trump.
“Donald Trump is a force of nature. I have never in my life worked with, met, known a politician that has more energy, more horsepower, more adrenaline, more everything, than Donald Trump,” Priebus said.
Gousha asked Priebus how he thought Republicans would fare in the November election.
Priebus said he thinks Republicans have a slightly less than 50-50 chance of holding onto the House.
“But things can happen. The economy, attitudes, the president has successes like with North Korea, and other things, slowly but surely, you’re looking at a better situation,” he said.
Priebus, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, has endorsed state Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. He said Vukmir is “a perfect match up” for the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
Priebus zinged Vukmir’s primary opponent, Delafield businessman and Marine veteran Kevin Nicholson, a former Democrat who says his life experiences have made him a conservative Republican.
“I’m all for conversions,” Priebus said. “I know what kind of kids want to be president of the College Republicans. People like me, and if he was president of the College Democrats, great. Welcome to the Republican Party.
“But I think first, help out Scott Walker. Help out Paul Ryan. Conversions don’t just necessarily mean here’s the nomination for the U.S. Senate of the Republican Party. And by the way, you’re going to lecture us as to who’s a good Republican and who’s a bad Republican? I don’t think so,” Priebus said.
1st Congressional District Democratic candidate Cathy Myers of Janesville also appeared on the program. Gousha asked her what she meant when she said in a recent interview that she felt “held back” in the race.
“It seemed like everybody was coalescing around one person without really giving any consideration to the entirety of the race, and not really looking at all the candidates and their qualifications,” Myers said.
“And I feel as though I am very qualified to take on this role and be in this race. I am a high school English teacher, I’m on the Janesville school board, I have electoral experience and have served. And so to be sort of squeezed out, or ignored, I was shocked by the fact that we weren’t really looking at the race in its entirety,” she said.
Myers will face Racine ironworker Randy Bryce in the August primary. Bryce has received national media attention, donations from around the country, and some celebrities have backed his bid for Congress.
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