Should President Trump fire special counsel Robert Mueller in the middle of his investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election, it will be considered a "gross abuse of power" and Congress will act accordingly, Sen.
A more brazen move, and one that is also the subject of much speculation, would be firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who now oversees the special counsel's investigation, and replacing him with an appointee who could subtly undermine it. Writing for NYU Law School's "Just Security" blog, Asha Rangappa argues that replacing Rosenstein would be more damaging to the investigation than firing Mueller.
In turn, they point to President Trump's recent suggestion that he does not intend to seek Mueller's removal and urge that the President adhere to that line-for the good of the country at home and overseas. At the time, Trump was furious that Sessions, a Trump loyalist, had recused himself from campaign-related matters at the department, leaving oversight of Mueller's probe to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "If you can show that the White House or President Trump is getting other people to do his bidding, to put an end to this investigation, that could bolster the evidence of the corrupt intent that Robert Mueller needs". "The charges of Democratic political bias are baseless, given the makeup of the leadership team". We also have just learned that Comey's "Siamese twin", Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has surreptitiously obtained all of the emails of the Trump transition team. " And yet, I fear that there is a simple reason for skepticism about whether Congress will defend the rule of law: over the past year, Republicans had a comparatively easy way to police this particular red line without overtly opposing Trump". But not even that was enough to prevent Warner from his diatribe about what it would mean if Trump did what he had just said he wouldn't do.
Warner, whose committee is one of three congressional panels conducting separate Russian Federation inquires, said Mueller's removal of Strzok "only adds to Mr. Mueller's credibility as a fair and independent investigator". At the time, Warner praised the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's appointment.
The president says of the emails, "I can't imagine there's anything on 'em, frankly".
So the whole leadership of the FBI and this investigation are all people with impeccable Republican credentials.
But when he was asked what specifically he would do, Corker answered, "I don't know, I don't know what would happen". "This is a little screwy". In interviews this week with Mother Jones, Republicans who do not appear to have commented publicly on the probe warned Trump against attempting to sack Mueller.
"When Bob Mueller was appointed, he was greeted with universal acclaim". I think it's frankly cheap shots when some of these Republican colleagues would question Mueller's integrity. Hoeven said that transparency would come through congressional committees overseeing Mueller's work.
In retrospect, I recognize that my appeal was hopelessly naïve-not only because so many moderate Republicans have spectacularly failed the moral tests with which Trump has presented them, but also because so numerous red lines in whose crossing they became complicit would have been hard to foresee a year ago.