Democrats in Congress have long been calling for protections for Special Counsel Robert Mueller should popular vote loser Donald Trump try to fire him. Now that reports have surfaced that Trump has already tried to fire Mueller months ago by giving orders that were refused, some of their Republican colleagues are joining in the chorus.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) – who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own Russia probe – offered that it “wouldn’t hurt” to pass a bill that would protect Mueller.
“It certainly wouldn’t hurt to put that extra safeguard in place given the latest stories,” Collins told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who already proposed legislation protecting Mueller in 2017, said that Mueller should “look at” the Times’ report.
“I don’t know if the story is true or not, but I know this: Mueller should look at it,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”
Graham also alluded to the end of Trump presidency should he fire Mueller:
“I don’t know what happened last year, but 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,” Graham told ABC.
In that case, go ahead and fire Mueller, Donald. If it would really end the Trump presidency, as Graham suggests, I’m all for it.
Even House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) defended Mueller on Sunday, saying he has confidence in the special counsel and that Mueller’s critics should “leave him the hell alone.”
“Mueller didn’t raise his hand and say ‘pick me,’ ” Gowdy told “Fox News Sunday.” “We as a country asked him to do this.”