“The concern of people like us, is that this investigation will drag on and pop on us in October of 2018, and totally screw us,” said a Republican strategist, who requested anonymity in order to speak candidly.

“I just don’t like the idea that this could be strung out, strung out, strung out, strung out. I think it becomes a really big distraction,” added Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., a key Trump ally on Capitol Hill.