As White House downplays Russia investigation, John Kelly calls it “very distracting”

The first indictments in the Russia investigation put the White House on the defensive. President Trump wanted to focus on his tax overhaul push this week, before he goes on a 12-day trip to Asia.

The Trump White House expects the special counsel’s investigation to wrap up soon and claims it is business as usual here. As the investigation accelerates, the president’s lawyer insists that Mr. Trump is not considering firing Robert Mueller.

The president and first lady handed out candy on the South Lawn on Monday, even after White House officials said they weren’t at all spooked by the bombshell indictments, reports CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan.  

 “We’re not worried about it distracting because it doesn’t have anything to do with us,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. 

Chief of Staff John Kelly also tried to distance the president from the…

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