On Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that if President Trump fired special counsel Robert Mueller, it would “probably” be an impeachable offense.
Graham was a House prosecutor in the impeachment trial of former President Clinton. In an interview on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program asked Graham if firing Mueller would be an impeachable offense.
Graham responded, “Probably so, if he did it without cause, yeah. I think what the president will have done is stopped an investigation in whether or not his campaign colluded with the Russians, what effect the Russians had on the 2016 campaign. I can’t see it being anything other than a corrupt purpose.”
While Mueller he has seen no evidence of collusion between Trump associates and Russians, Graham said, “to stop investigation without cause, I think, would be a constitutional crisis.”
Graham’s comments came after Trump attorney John Dowd called last week for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to “bring an end” to Mueller’s probe.
Dowd referenced the “courageous” action by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe over questions of bias.
Graham claimed that Trump is not without reason for being upset with the Department of Justice over its surveillance of members of his 2016 campaign. He said Mueller, however, should be left alone.
He said, “He would be wrong, in my view, to try to stop this investigation without cause on the Mueller side.”
Graham pledged earlier this week to make sure Mueller’s investigation continues without any political interference. He also warned that Trump firing the special counsel would constitute “the beginning of the end of his presidency.”
Trump reportedly ordered the firing of Mueller earlier on in Mueller’s investigation but withdrew after top White House lawyers threatened to resign over the matter.
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Credit: The Hill