Politics Graham uses Fox News appearance to ask Trump not to fire Mueller

07:55  12 april  2018
07:55  12 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Trump 'certainly believes he has the power' to fire Mueller, White House says

  Trump 'certainly believes he has the power' to fire Mueller, White House says President Donald Trump "believes he has the power to" fire special counsel Robert Mueller, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday. "He certainly believes he has the power to do so," Sanders said when asked whether Trump believes he has that power.She did not suggest Trump would be moving to fire Mueller.Under the special counsel regulations, Mueller may be "disciplined or removed from office only by the personal action of the attorney general.

Now, Trump had promoted Hannity’s appearance on Fox & Friends, and Fox & Friends is supposedly Trump ’s favorite show on Fox News . CNN: Graham : Trump Firing Mueller Would Be "the Beginning of the End of His Presidency".

Asked to elaborate, Graham continued: “I've heard nothing from the White House to suggest that the president's going to try to replace Mr. Mueller . “Most Americans do, and I don’t see why we can’t,” he told Fox News . Trump immediately sought to distance himself after Manafort and Rick Gates pleaded

Lindsey Graham wearing a suit and tie© Provided by The HillSen. Lindsey Graham asked President Trump during an appearance on Fox News to not fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is currently investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"Mr. President, if you're watching, I think you're gonna be fine unless you screw this up," Graham said on Fox News. "Let the process play out. I don't believe you colluded with the Russians, but Mueller will soon tell us. The Cohen situation I am convinced has got nothing to do with Russia."

Graham's comments come after reports that the president reportedly wanted to fire Mueller in December and has recently been mulling firing deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

McConnell: Legislation to protect Mueller not needed

  McConnell: Legislation to protect Mueller not needed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he doesn't think the Senate needs to pass legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller, arguing President Trump won't fire him.McConnell has made similar comments in the past, but his Tuesday remarks were notable coming less than 24 hours after news broke of an FBI raid at the office of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. The raid was made after a referral by Mueller, whi ch led Trump on Monday to note that "many people" had said he should fire the special counsel.Despite Trump's evident anger at the raid, McConnell said legislation was not necessary.

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Terms of Use . A Fox News source said that then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steven Bannon believed last summer that Trump would fire Mueller and were very worried about the political fallout.

The Senator said he believes that the recent raid on Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen - which was approved by Rosenstein - was unrelated to the Russian investigation.

"If Mueller was trying to squeeze Cohen, Mueller would have done it. This is something unconnected to Russia, I am 100 percent convinced of that and we'll see what Mueller does, let him do his job," Graham told Fox News' Martha MacCallum.

Graham also said that he does not understand why there isn't a special counsel outside of the Justice Department looking into the "politically motivated dossier paid for by the Democratic party."

Graham's comments are the latest in a series of warnings he has given the president against firing the special prosecutor.

Grassley 'moving ahead' with Mueller bill despite McConnell's opposition .
Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans are plowing ahead with their plan to pass a bill out of the committee that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller, despite Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's vow not to put the measure on the Senate floor. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, told CNN on Wednesday that he was "moving ahead" with the bipartisan legislation, which is expected to be marked up next week. "He sets the agenda for the United States Senate and that's the way it is, but we're moving ahead anyway," Grassley said. The bill, which was co-authored by Republican Sens.

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