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Politics 'The end of his presidency,' 'suicide': Some GOP senators warn Trump on firing Mueller

01:10  11 april  2018
01:10  11 april  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

Trump calls raid on his lawyer's office 'an attack on our country'

  Trump calls raid on his lawyer's office 'an attack on our country' "That is at a whole new level of unfairness," the president said Monday. "This is now getting ridiculous."WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump blasted the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday following news that investigators had raided the office of his personal attorney, calling the search "an attack on our country.

Some Republicans warned President Trump Tuesday it would be ' suicide ' and a 'massive mistake' to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller , but there was no sign Congress would act on measures to protect his position.

Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also said Tuesday that he didn’t think Trump was likely to dismiss either man because he knew “it would be the beginning of the end of his presidency .” Grassley said Tuesday that “it would be suicide for the president to fire Mueller .” J. Scott Applewhite / AP.

Image: Chuck GrassleySen. Grassley said Tuesday that © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Chuck GrassleySen. Grassley said Tuesday that "it would be suicide for the president to fire Mueller."

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, some lawmakers had a message for the president following his latest comments suggesting that he hadn't ruled out firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller: if Mueller's job isn't safe, yours might not be so comfortable either.

Congressional Democrats warned that the president was further setting the stage for Mueller's termination, with Trump indicating Monday he still had not ruled out the move, and his staff reiterating Tuesday that he believed he had the authority to do so.

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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But at the end of the day, Mueller needs to continue to do his job without political interference, and I think most members of Congress view it that way.” At the White House, Trump was asked by reporters why he doesn’t “just fire ” Mueller .

But most Republicans who spoke publicly still said the president wouldn't fire the special counsel or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because he was aware of the consequences those moves could set in motion. And GOP leaders said there was still no need for Congress to pass legislation to protect Mueller.

Trump has no authority to directly fire Mueller — Rosenstein has that power — though the president could initiate the process by first getting rid of Rosenstein.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Fox Business Network Tuesday that he had "confidence" in the special counsel, and that "it would be suicide for the president to fire Mueller."

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said he thought Trump was "too smart" to get rid of Mueller: "I think it would provoke some sort of reaction by Congress. I think he knows that," Kennedy said on CNN's "New Day," adding that "the president can't just fire Mr. Mueller. He's got to direct Mr. Rosenstein to fire him, and I don't think Mr. Rosenstein would do it."

Poll: Nearly 70 percent of Americans say Trump shouldn't fire Mueller

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Other Republican senators maintained Tuesday that additional protections of Mueller 's investigation aren't necessary but some GOP members offered similar warnings to Grassley's, that any move by Trump to oust Mueller would be cataclysmic for his presidency .

The answer we got 24 hours later: While they haven’t raced to pass legislation, several GOP senators did fire warning shots at President Trump , NBC’s Rebecca John Kennedy, R-La., said he thought Trump was ‘too smart’ to get rid of Mueller . ‘I think it would provoke some sort of reaction by Congress.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said it would be "inappropriate" for Trump to dismiss either Mueller or Rosenstein. "I think it would be a massive mistake for the president to do anything to interfere with this investigation," said Corker, adding: "he knows most every Republican senator feels that way."

And Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also said Tuesday that he didn't think Trump was likely to dismiss either man because he knew "it would be the beginning of the end of his presidency."

Graham is a co-sponsor of one of two bipartisan Senate bills introduced last August that would seek to protect Mueller's position. The measure he proposed with Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., would ensure that any action to remove a special counsel would have to be reviewed by a panel of federal judges. A similar bill proposed by Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Chris Coons, D-Del., would allow the special counsel to challenge his or her removal in court before a three-judge panel.

As Trump fumes, senators craft a bill to protect Mueller

  As Trump fumes, senators craft a bill to protect Mueller <p>A bipartisan group of four senators is moving to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job as President Donald Trump publicly muses about firing him.</p>Load Error

Republican lawmakers are desperately trying to keep Mueller ’s probe into Trump on track after the FBI raided the offices of Trump ’s lawyer Michael Cohen, warning Trump he will end his presidency with such a move.

I think he knows that,” Kennedy said today, adding that “the president can’t just fire Mr. Mueller . Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also said Tuesday that he didn’t think Trump was likely to dismiss either man because he knew “it would be the beginning of the end of his presidency .”

Neither of those bills has come up for a vote.

Trump lashed out at Mueller Monday evening ahead of a meeting with his military leadership after news broke that the FBI had raided the office of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen. The president was asked why he won't fire Mueller, whose office referred the case involving Cohen to federal prosecutors in New York.

"I think it's a disgrace what's going on," Trump told reporters at the White House. "We'll see what happens. But I think it's really a sad situation when you look at what happened. And many people have said, 'You should fire him.' Again, they found nothing."

On Tuesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated that the president "certainly believes he has the power" to fire Mueller.

Mueller's investigation is ongoing, and only Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have released a report stating that they had not found evidence of collusion between Russia and members of the Trump presidential campaign.

Despite the warnings, there was no early sign that Trump's Monday remarks had given any fresh momentum to proposals to protect the special counsel.

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

  Graham uses Fox News appearance to ask Trump not to fire Mueller Sen. 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 th e Russians, but Mueller will soon tell us. The Cohen situation I am convinced has got nothing to do with Russia.

Republican senators are growing less certain by the day that President Donald Trump won’t fire Robert Mueller — and there are increasing signs some are willing to do something about it. After months of GOP insistence that Trump would not ax Mueller

President Donald Trump has mulled firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating whether the Kremlin colluded with the president 's 2016 campaign. “If he does [ fire Mueller and others] I think it will be the end of his presidency .

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday he hadn't "seen clear indication yet that we have to pass something to keep him from being removed, because I don't think that's gonna happen." Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, R-S.D. agreed: "I don't know that us legislating on that is the right path forward."

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, asked if legislation is necessary to prevent Mueller from being dismissed, said "no, because I don't think the president's going to do it — and do you think the president would sign that legislation?"

Democrats said Congress couldn't trust Trump to leave Mueller in place, calling for more concrete action.

"I beseech my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stand up and say what President Trump is doing is wrong," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday morning. "Make it clear that firing Mueller or interfering in his investigation would be a red line and a threat to our constitutional order."

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Monday evening that the raid raises the stakes for Trump — and that the president is likely to be angrier and act more "impulsively...than he has been so far."

"And we have a very important responsibility — in fact, more important than ever — to protect the special counsel" he said. "To send a message to the President of the United States that we will not tolerate any interference whatsoever, because the stakes have been raised for him."

Senate panel punts Mueller protection bill to next week .
The Senate Judiciary Committee is delaying legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller until next week.&nbsp;"We will hold this bill over today at the request of several members of the committee," Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said during a committee meeting on Thursday.

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