Director of legislative affairs Marc Short on Sunday stressed that the president and his staff continue to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, even if there's "growing frustration" with the probe at the White House.
"I don't think that the president or anybody right now in our White House is suggesting not cooperating — any way with the Mueller investigation," Short told moderator Margaret Brennan on CBS' "Face the Nation." "Everyone in the White House has cooperated on this, and what I said is — is that we have cooperated in every single way, every single paper they've asked for, every single interview."
Throughout the weekend, President Donald Trump has personally attacked Mueller and his team in a manner the commander-in-chief had previously shied away from. Such comments, Short added, come from a sense that the probe continues to drag on without an end in sight.
"I think the reality, Margaret, is that yes, there's a growing frustration that after more than a year and millions and millions of dollars spent on this, there remains no evidence of collusion with Russia," Short said. "I think at some point the American people are owed an answer to say, “OK, if there was no collusion, how much longer will this drag on?”
Short pointed to the House Intelligence Committee's findings released last week that found there was no evidence of collusion between the president's campaign and the Russian government. But top Democrats on the panel said they never saw the summary of their investigation before it was released and have complained that Republicans, who are in the majority, are shutting down their inquiry prematurely.
Despite an extremely thin GOP majority in the Senate, Short took two Republican senators to task for their views, criticizing Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for his opposition to Mike Pompeo, Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state, and Gina Haspel, the president's pick to lead the CIA.
Paul, who also ran for president, had a "put your head in the sand about North Korea and Iran and just hope they don't develop nuclear weapons," according to Short.
One of the top White House voices on the Hill, Short slammed retiring Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake for saying more members in the party need to tell the president that going after Mueller is a red line.
"I've not heard a lot of outcry from Republicans," Short. "And all due respect to Jeff Flake, I'm not sure as far as him representing the Republican Party — couldn't get reelected in his own state today."