Graham shows support for Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling

Graham shows support for Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling

Kerry Wise
January 30, 2018

White House counsel Don McGahn refused to order the Justice Department to fire Mueller, the source said, because he disagreed with the President's reasoning.

'But I have never believed it affected Mr. Mueller, ' Graham added.

McGahn, who could not be reached for comment, did not discuss the issue with Rosenstein and threatened to quit when Trump continued to insist that he do so, the person said.

Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that it "probably wouldn't hurt" for Congress to pass legislation, but added that she had faith in Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller, to protect him.

Trump reportedly cited a handful of items he thought were conflicts of interest for Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Strzok, who was romantically involved with Page, was a member of the FBI team investigating Hillary Clinton's email server and, later, a member of Mueller's special counsel operation.

There are now two pieces of legislation in Congress to protect Mueller from being fired by the president.

Many lawmakers have already called on Congress to pass a Special Counsel protection bill, including Sen. Corey Booker of New Jersey, is in competition with a similar bill, drafted by GOP Sen.

President Trump has called the ongoing Russian Federation probe a "witch hunt" and repeatedly said there was no collusion to influence the 2016 election.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., repeated that view Sunday even in the face of last week's reports.

"I see no evidence that President Trump wants to fire Mr. Mueller now", Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday on ABC News' "This Week".

Pressed by interviewer Chuck Todd, McCarthy declared that Trump and his staff had "fully cooperated" with the probe.

"Let's get them out there for everyone to see", Grassley said.

White House aides have previously said Trump favored releasing the document, which is in contrast to the stance of the Justice Department. Anonymous officials told the outlet the president had spoken privately about a desire to fire Rosenstein. If Trump removes Mueller before the midterms, Republicans who are trying to save their seats will move to restore the Special Counsel, or else they will be the first ones to go down with the Trump ship. But he conceded that "the president has been frustrated by this investigation".

On the other hand, if Mueller does find evidence of a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russians and he finds evidence that Trump knew about the illicit behavior, then the obstruction case becomes much, much stronger.

President Donald Trump erupted aboard Air Force One last week when he learned of the Justice Department's efforts to quash the release of a classified memo alleging abuses by Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN.

One prominent former official warned against making assumptions about Mueller's ultimate findings.