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John Kelly: Trump Somewhat Embarrassed About Russia Probe

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U.S. President Donald Trump applauds after a ceremonial swearing-in for U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly at Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, U.S., January 25, 2017.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst | John Kelly Comments On Russia Probe U.S. President Donald Trump applauds after a ceremonial swearing-in for U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly at Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, U.S., January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst | John Kelly Comments On Russia Probe Photo of Chuck Ross

11:15 PM 05/10/2018

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President Donald Trump is “somewhat embarrassed” about the Russia investigation, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said in a candid new interview.

Speaking to NPR, Kelly was asked whether the Russia probe has cast a cloud over Trumps administration.

“It may not be a cloud, but certainly the President is, you know, somewhat embarrassed, frankly,” said Kelly, a retired Marine general.

“When world leaders come in, its kind of like, you know, [Israeli Prime Minister] Bibi Netanyahu is here, and he, whos under investigation himself; and its like, you know, you walk in and you know the first couple of minutes of every conversation might revolve around that kind of thing.”

The Russia investigation, with Special Counsel Robert Mueller leading the charge, has led to two plea deals and several indictments against Trump campaign associates. But so far, the investigation has not availed the public release of any evidence of Trumps involvement in a collusion conspiracy. The Republican has mostly been defiant about the investigation, calling it a “witch hunt” ginned up by his political opponents.

Kelly did say he doubts whether the Russia investigation will find any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

“Something that has gone on this long without any real meat on the bone, it suggests to me that there is nothing there, relative to our President,” Kelly said when asked whether he agrees with Trump that the Russia investigation is a “witch hunt.”

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