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Both Sides Send A Stern Warning to Trump About Special Counsel & the Deputy AG Responds

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Both Sides Send A Stern Warning to Trump About Special Counsel & the Deputy AG Responds

The scuttlebutt around Washington is that President Trump is considering pulling the plug on Robert Mueller’s special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Judy Woodruff of PBS reported late Monday that Trump was weighing that prospect, and the president’s lawyer said he hadn’t taken that option off the table.

But D.C. Republican leadership is warning the president not to mess with Robert Mueller. “It would be a disaster,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) “There’s no reason to fire Mueller. What’s he done to be fired?”

There’s no doubt that Mueller’s investigation could become a disaster for Trump’s presidency. It will surely include questions about whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russians in their effort to influence the 2016 election and whether or not Trump himself obstructed the FBI’s inquiry when he fired former Director James Comey. Mueller’s probe is presently out of Trump’s present control.

Mueller received bi-partisan praise when he was appointed to lead the special counsel. And there is a general consensus that firing him would be a critical mistake. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) said that the idea of firing Mueller would “certainly be an extraordinarily unwise move.” Republican lawmakers agree that there is no indication that Trump is considering firing Mueller, but they were all taken by surprise when the president fired Comey. There’s got to be some mounting tension in the White House knowing that Comey released memos he kept to Mueller and that the two men have been long-term friends.

One of the few to address the growing tension is Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz.). He said, “Bob Mueller’s obviously intent on hiring people who are antagonistic toward this administration. He’s one of Mr. Comey’s closest friends, and it looks like there’s a deliberate orchestration to damage or undermine the president regardless of the basic facts.” Franks continued to assert that Comey’s longstanding friendship with Mueller “constitute an incontrovertible conflict of interest,” and he said it was time to end the “mindless charade.”

Franks words echoed similar criticisms from former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair,” Gingrich said on Twitter on Monday. “Time to rethink.” The former speaker went on to accuse Mueller of hiring “partisans” to run the investigation.

But these voices are definitely in the minority. “I think there’s a lot of confidence in Mueller around here,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said. John McCain noted, “He’s a very much trusted individual and had an outstanding record as head of the FBI.”

Lastly, during testimony today before the Senate Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein testified what he would do about Mueller:

There is brewing disagreement on Mueller both inside and outside of the White House. What do you think about his leadership in this investigation? Do you think he will be fair?

Credit: Politico

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