Republican figures on Sunday expressed strong support for special investigator Robert Mueller in dealing with an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but are divided over whether Congress needs to agree on rules to block President Donald Trump's efforts fired Mueller.
Senators from the state of South Carolina Lindsey Graham and Senators from the state of Maine Susan Collins – both Republican – have a different view with some of their partners in Congress, and separately in two Sunday news programs they support a rule agreed by most Democratic congressmen, requiring legal review if Trump attempts to fire Mueller.
Two Republicans in the House of Representatives – Kevin McCarthy from the state of California and Trey Gowdy from the state of South Carolina – approved Mueller's performance in the investigation se dang progresses. But McCarthy said he considered it unnecessary to issue rules to protect Mueller, who had served as Director of the FBI.
New York Times Report Trump Wants to Knell Mueller Last June
Mueller's fate became a debate after several media reported that Trump last June ordered White House legal counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller, but retreated after McGahn threatened to resign.
Trump – on several recent occasions – denied that he ever wanted to fire Mueller and called his first report was published by the New York Times as "fake news", his favorite criticism for reports he did not like.
Lindsey Graham said he would gladly pass the rules to protect Trump from firing Mueller, who is now is in negotiations with lawmakers of Trump about possible conditions nan Trump testified on the basis of Russian interference in American elections, and whether Trump interrupted the investigation by dismissing FBI Director James Comey, who was then leading the law enforcement agency to investigate the Russian question, before it was taken over by Mueller.  But Graham said there was a rule of thumb, "I do not see evidence that President Trump wants to fire Mueller now. It's pretty clear to me that everyone in the White House knows it will be the end of Trump's presidency if he fires Mueller. "
Trey Gowdy says he supports Mueller's way of handling the investigation" 100 percent, especially if he is given time, resources and independence to do his job. "
Trump: No Collusion with Russia to Win the 2016 Presidential Election
Trump last week underlined his longstanding stance that" there is no collusion "between him and Russian interests to help him beating his Democrat challenger, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Trump also said "do not disturb" the course of the investigation. He attributes his actions to restricting the investigation as "fighting."
Trump says he hopes to testify before Mueller and will do so under oath. But his lawyer then said he was still discussing with Mueller's team about the terms of asking for information from Trump and what topics would be discussed.
In Front of Congress, Comey Confessed to Stop the Investigation of Flynn
James Comey – in a note he made of several meetings with Trump – said the president called on him to end the investigation against former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who was fired Trump less than a month after taking office for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Ambassador Russia For America then – Sergey Kilsyak, in the weeks leading up to Trump's inauguration. Trump has denied Comey's statement about the talks they are doing.
Trump who failed to ask for Comey's willingness, fired him in May. A day later Trump told Russian officials at a White House meeting that he had let go of "heavy pressure" and described Comey as "a real nut job." A few days later Trump told NBC News reporter Lester Holt that he fired Comey for " "
White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short told Fox News that he knew Trump was" frustrated "with the investigation, saying that the investigation was a" hoax "expelled by the Democrats to explain their defeat in the last presidential election. , and that "millions of dollars have been spent and there is no evidence of collusion." [em/al]