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Several prominent U.S. Senators have gone on record calling on President Donald Trump to not fire protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the wake of the president’s comments last night.
The president was non-committal about firing Mueller after news broke that his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was raided by government agents over his role in a payout to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
“We’ll see what happens,” the president said, noting “many people” had told him to fire Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
But now, senators are coming out declaring their support for the investigation, as well as proposing possible legislation to protect the former FBI director.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee said it would be ‘suicide’ if the president fired Mueller, saying, “I think Mueller is a person of stature and respected and I respect him. Just let the thing go forward.”
Grassley’s comments were echoed by Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), who said that he supports Congress taking action to protect the Mueller investigation.
Sen. Mark Warner, vice chair of the Intelligence Committee, said Congress should "absolutely" do something now to protect Mueller and that he agrees with Sen. Lindsey Graham's comments about how Trump firing Mueller would be "the beginning of the end of this presidency."— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) April 10, 2018
An attempt to put language in the omnibus spending bill several weeks ago by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that would protect Mueller was rebuffed by Republicans.
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