Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Lindsey Graham Warns Trump: Firing Mueller Would Be 'Beginning Of The End'

Lindsey Graham Warns Trump: Firing Mueller Would Be 'Beginning Of The End'

Republican Senator Jeff Flake, a frequent Trump critic, said it appeared the president's latest comments seemed to be preparing the ground for the firing of Mr Mueller.

"Does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!"

Republican lawmakers on Sunday sought to warn the President that any action against Mueller would not be tolerated by Congress. Department of Justice regulations do not consider partisan affiliation when assigning employees but do stipulate that DoJ personnel in sensitive posts are not allowed to participate in political campaigns or "engage in political activity".

Trump's allegations against Mueller come after the announcement that the special counsel has subpoenaed records from the Trump Organization. It is not simply a legal ploy when Republicans running interference for President Donald Trump call the FBI "corrupt" or when Trump's lawyer John Dowd calls to shut down the Russian Federation investigation.

"The Russian collusion" objective of the probe "failed", Corsi declared. "It is much broader than that", Rubio said.

Mr Trump's attacks raised new concerns among members of Congress that he could be seeking to orchestrate Mueller's firing. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars was given to wife's campaign by Crooked H friend, Terry M, who was also under investigation?

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"I've not heard a lot of outcry from Republicans, " Short said on CBS's "Face the Nation" program.

Trump followed this Sunday morning with another tweet more directly condemning Mueller's team. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said "If the president reaches out and stops this investigation that is a constitutional crisis in this country".

"Our Republican colleagues, particularly the leadership, have an obligation to our country to stand up now and make it clear that firing Mueller is a red line for our democracy that can not be crossed", he said in a statement.

Not all lawmakers were convinced, however, that Dowd's statement and Trump's tweets added up to an actual effort to derail the probe. "And I would just hope that enough people would prevail on the president now: 'Don't go there'".

"I just don't think the President - as unpredictable as he is - would fire Mueller, and I take the view, and I said so maybe not directly to the President, but indirectly to the President: Just let this work its course", Republican Sen. "When I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct them", he added.

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In a statement, McCabe claimed his dismissal was politically-motivated and that he had been targeted because "he can corroborate former [FBI] Director [James] Comey's accounts of his discussions with the President".

Those memos could be fodder for Mr Mueller's probe regarding potential obstruction of justice by the USA leader.

Trump, however, isn't sold that McCabe's notes, or Comey's, were actually taken at the time they say they were. I don't believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at a later date.

Trump has long believed that the entrenched bureaucracy, particularly at the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, is out to thwart him and has pointed to McCabe's wife's associations with Democrats, including longtime Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe, as an example. "Can we call them Fake Memos?"

Also on Sunday, Trump tweeted, "Why does the Mueller team have 13 ..."

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