Lawmakers Warn Trump Against Firing Mueller

Donald Trump said that claims he tried to influence an FBI inquiry were fake

Donald Trump said that claims he tried to influence an FBI inquiry were fake

Warner said that the president's persistent attacks against Mueller and career law enforcement officials should "alarm" Republicans and Democrats alike, stressing that now is the time for lawmakers to "draw a red line".

Graham, a co-author of legislation that would make it harder for a president to fire a special counsel, said it was very important that Mueller be allowed to proceed without interference and that many Republicans share this view.

"Special Counsel Mueller has served our country with honesty and integrity", Republican Senator John McCain said on Twitter, insisting it is "critical he be allowed to complete a thorough investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election - unimpeded". Many Republicans say the investigation was botched and tainted by politics.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., warned of dire repercussions if the president tried to remove the special counsel.

Gowdy was part of the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee that concluded a week ago that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, but said in the television interview, "You should want Special Counsel Mueller to take all the time and have all the independence he needs to do his job".

The renewed assault on Mueller has raised concerns among many lawmakers, and even some in Trump's Republican party have advised Trump to drop the threats. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., called for the passage of bipartisan bills created to protect Mueller that have stalled in Congress.

"I think the president's attorney, frankly, does him a disservice when he says that and when he frames the investigation that way", Gowdy said. "That is unacceptable in a democracy", Durbin said.

However, Trump can order Attorney General Jeff Sessions to tell Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

"The president is floating trial balloons about derailing the Mueller investigation", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The FBI has said McCabe received the necessary ethics approval about his wife's candidacy and was not supervising the Clinton investigation at the time of the contributions.

Trump's attacks on the special counsel team reinforced demands by Democrats to protect Mueller's investigation. "And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!"

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In a post on Saturday, Trump fumed: 'The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime.

"I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russian Federation collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe's boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt dossier", Dowd told CNN in a statement, reacting to the news of McCabe's firing on Friday night by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Corsi noted that there are now allegations that McCabe engaged in serious wrongdoing, if proven, that include asking Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to change interviews with witnesses.

Those memos could be fodder for Mueller's probe if he is pursuing potential obstruction of justice by the president.

According to McCabe, Trump asked him who he voted for in the 2016 presidential election.

After sending out three tweets on Sunday morning, Trump went to the golf course that bears his name in Sterling, Va. "Another Dem recently added", Trump said.

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, said: "As the speaker has always said, Mr Mueller and his team should be able to do their job".

FILE - Andrew McCabe, right, accompanied by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, second from left, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, takes the podium at a news conference at the Department of Justice, July 20, 2017, in Washington.

The conservative website Daily Caller reported last month that 13 of the team were registered Democrats.

However, the majority of the $57,000 came from one person who also donated to the Republicans.

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