Protect Mueller from Trump's pique

Lucy Bush
January 30, 2018

Trump reportedly wanted to fire Mueller last June, citing what he found were conflicts of interest, which was stymied when White House counsel Donald McGahn threatened to quit.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on NBC's Meet the Press: "The president and his staff have fully cooperated". "It's pretty clear to me that everybody in the White House knows it would be the end of President Trump's presidency if he fired Mr. Mueller".

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.

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Democrats immediately seized on the report, saying they would try to ensure that continuing budget negotiations included legislation to protect the special counsel. Among the conflicts raised at the time included an allegation that Mueller had a dispute over membership fees at Trump National Golf Club in Virginia before resigning as a member in 2011. "Let the facts take them where they may and that's the responsibility that we have".

He said if Trump were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who hired Mueller, he'd back legislation to protect the special counsel from getting the axe. While being unable to recall certain details might work in Congressional hearings, it likely won't work as well against an investigative team which has already proven multiple times how much information they've already acquired.

While it's too early to say if Trump's regular deflection tactics are masking guilt or if he truly believes what he says, all signs point to the investigation becoming a lot more interesting as it goes along.

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But the White House also reportedly has had the deputy attorney general in its crosshairs as the Russian Federation investigation drags on, CNN reported Friday.

However, Trump has denied the reports he pushed for Mueller's firing.

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

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Indeed, oddsmakers, too, reflected Graham's position that Trump's presidency could face the most danger of impeachment this year amid more and more revelations from Mueller's investigation.

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