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Is the Mueller investigation making the United States look bad?

Screenshot from CNN's YouTube video: Trump: Russia investigation makes US look bad

President Trump, for much of his term in office, has been haunted by the shadow of Russia. He has been dogged by questions of collusion between his campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who was appointed in May, has so far obtained two confessions about lying to the FBI and has two Trump campaign members set to go to trial sometime during 2018.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, which took place at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida, President Trump claimed 16 times that there was “ no collusion” with Russia. Trump, commenting on the investigation, said, “It makes the country look very bad, and it puts the country in a very bad position….So the sooner it’s worked out, the better it is for the country.” When speaking of Robert Mueller, the president said, “There’s been no collusion. But I think he’s going to be fair.” This particular view undercuts what has been a talking point among some Republicans and the conservative media, who claimed Mueller was the leader of a partisan witch hunt against the president. Still, the president’s comments raise a question. Is the Mueller investigation making the country look bad?

CNN covering President Trump’s New York Times interview:

The Issue

Is the Mueller investigation making the country look bad? Is the Russia collusion story a fairy tale made up by the left? Or, is the Mueller investigation making the country look good?

Page 2: Arguments that the investigation is making the country look bad

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