Despite new protestations from the White House that President Trump has no plans to fire Robert S. Mueller III, the Los Angeles Times reports that two leading Republican senators on Sunday called for legislation to protect the special counsel leading the Russia investigation.
“I’ve got legislation protecting Mr. Mueller, and I’ll be glad to pass it tomorrow,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on ABC’s “This Week,” adding that “Mr. Mueller is the perfect guy to get to the bottom of all this, and he will.”
Graham also appeared to brush aside the White House campaign to dismiss the probe as politically motivated and the president’s denial that he tried to fire Mueller last year, as was reported by the New York Times and subsequently confirmed by other news organizations.
“We’re not going to say it’s fake news and move on,” Graham said.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins, another prominent Republican, said she had faith in Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, to whom the special counsel reports and who would have to sign off on any attempt to dismiss him.
But she said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that it “certainly wouldn’t hurt” to pass a bill that would block any move by Trump to fire Mueller.
Collins, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also added that in her opinion, Trump, who has tweeted prolifically about the investigation for months, should “never” talk about the probe except in private with legal counsel.
Both bills put forward in the Senate to protect Mueller are bipartisan. Graham’s version was crafted with Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey; a similar proposal is being co-sponsored by Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.).
It’s how the white elites roll in Washington. A democracy that doesn’t obediently support them must be destroyed.