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Republicans weigh proposals to protect Mueller from firing

Republicans weigh proposals to protect Mueller from firing

"But, you know, as president, and I think you understand this-as a president, you're not supposed to be involved in that process". "Why create one if there isn't one?"

But at the same time, Collins said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" that she ultimately had faith in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has direct authority over the probe.

The White House says President Donald Trump has not decided whether he'd authorize the release of a classified House Intelligence Committee memo, but says he favors "full transparency".

Indeed, oddsmakers, too, reflected Graham's position that Trump's presidency could face the most danger of impeachment this year amid more and more revelations from Mueller's investigation.

Democrats have claimed that the GOP's focus on the memo is part of a larger Republican effort to discredit the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged ties between the president's campaign and the Russian government. While there have been murmurs of Trump's desire to fire Mueller, The New York Times report provides a clear confirmation of that fact.

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Furthermore, Special Counsel Mueller is not a Democrat, if party lines so truly matter in this investigation.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in an interview Sunday: "If there is a will to move forward, there is a way to do it".

"We've seen what happened back in the Nixon administration when President Nixon in the Saturday Night Massacre kept going down the line until he found someone who would fire the special counsel, and that didn't end very well", Collins said. The question is: "Will our Republican colleagues muster the political fortitude to do it?"

The difference is when to do so.

Rosenstein told a Senate panel in June that he would not comply with an order from the White House to fire Mueller unless he believed the order "lawful and appropriate". Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, the Judiciary Committee chairman, said Friday that the two bills would have to be reconciled before his committee could proceed, but suggested that the measures were not on a fast track. "I look at it strictly as the NY language they have that's different than most other people". "Based on his statements from the last couple weeks, he and his lawyers appear to be cooperating with Mueller".


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