Trump tried to fire Mueller. So what?

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"I get what you're trying to do there - it's a re-election year, I get that, you have to be anti-New York in West Virginia - but explain this to me", Todd told Manchin.

In an interview on NBC News' the California Republican said he has confidence in Mueller. "At a minimum, it would require the attorney general (or the deputy attorney general in the event of recusal) to inform the House and Senate Judiciary Committee chairmen and ranking members immediately if (the president) interferes with a special-counsel investigation".

What's your reaction to the president's reported order to fire Bob Mueller?

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. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Chris Coons, D-Del. Behind the scenes, White House officials made several calls to the Justice Department to tamp down the agency's opposition to the release of the memo, which has been described as including damaging information about FBI and Justice Department officials, particularly as it pertains to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Graham also said he wants legislation "to protect all special counsels".




"Robert Mueller is still the special counsel; Don McGahn is still head of White House counsel; the White House continues to cooperate in every manner, providing every document the special counsel has asked for", Short said.

"If these latest reports are true", he added, "it seems to me that they show the president listened to good advice from his advisers".

While it's too early to say if Trump's regular deflection tactics are masking guilt or if he truly believes what he says, all signs point to the investigation becoming a lot more interesting as it goes along. But he conceded that "the president has been frustrated by this investigation".

But Gates added: "People need to be prepared that a guy like Bob Mueller may come to a different conclusion that will elate some people and anger some people". But on Sunday, even Republicans who have backed such a bill appeared to settle instead on providing a warning to the president.

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