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

07:55  12 april  2018
07:55  12 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Trump insists that if he wanted to fire Mueller, he already would have

  Trump insists that if he wanted to fire Mueller, he already would have President Donald Trump said Thursday that if he wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, he would have months ago. "If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him. Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper," Trump tweeted Thursday morning. Trump was disputing a New York Times report published Tuesday that said the President sought to fire Mueller in December following reports that Mueller was seeking Trump's financial records. CNN has also reported that Trump has wanted to fire Mueller for months.

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked President Trump during an appearance on Fox News not to fire special counsel Robert Mueller , who is currently investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appealed to President Trump on Fox News today to emphasize again he should absolutely not not NOT fire the special counsel. Graham has repeatedly and publicly warned the President that firing Robert Mueller would not only be a terrible idea

Lindsey Graham wearing a suit and tie© Provided by The HillSen. 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 the Russians, but Mueller will soon tell us. The Cohen situation I am convinced has got nothing to do with Russia."

Graham's comments come after reports that the president reportedly wanted to fire Mueller in December and has recently been mulling firing deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

Trump 'certainly believes he has the power' to fire Mueller, White House says

  Trump 'certainly believes he has the power' to fire Mueller, White House says President Donald Trump "believes he has the power to" fire special counsel Robert Mueller, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday. "He certainly believes he has the power to do so," Sanders said when asked whether Trump believes he has that power.She did not suggest Trump would be moving to fire Mueller.Under the special counsel regulations, Mueller may be "disciplined or removed from office only by the personal action of the attorney general.

Terms of Use . President Trump told top officials this past June that he wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller , but was talked out of doing so by White House counsel Don McGahn and other aides, a source close to the White House told Fox News late Thursday.

Terms of Use . A Fox News source said that then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steven Bannon believed last summer that Trump would fire Mueller and were very worried about the political fallout.

The Senator said he believes that the recent raid on Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen - which was approved by Rosenstein - was unrelated to the Russian investigation.

"If Mueller was trying to squeeze Cohen, Mueller would have done it. This is something unconnected to Russia, I am 100 percent convinced of that and we'll see what Mueller does, let him do his job," Graham told Fox News' Martha MacCallum.

Graham also said that he does not understand why there isn't a special counsel outside of the Justice Department looking into the "politically motivated dossier paid for by the Democratic party."

Graham's comments are the latest in a series of warnings he has given the president against firing the special prosecutor.

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But there was no indication that Hill leaders planned to bring any of the bipartisan measures to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's job up for a voteLoad Error

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