Republicans have taken notice of Trump's blistering criticism of Mueller, who is conducting a criminal probe into whether Trump's 2016 presidential campaign had ties to Russian Federation and whether there has been obstruction of justice since then.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday that Mueller "should be free to follow through his investigation to its completion without interference, absolutely". Angus King of ME, said she asked Rosenstein last summer what he would do if President Trump ordered him to fire the special counsel.
A NY state judge on Tuesday said U.S. President Donald Trump must face a defamation lawsuit by a woman who accused him of sexually harassing her after she appeared on his former reality TV show.
The president made a series of changes over the past week that have some fearing he will pull the trigger and terminate Mueller. On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took a more balanced tone, applauding his Republican counterpart McConnell for his willingness to publicly defend Mueller's integrity.
Since May of previous year, Mueller, who helmed the F.B.I. from 2001 to 2003, has led the Justice Department's inquiry into how the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that calling Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his reelection wouldn't have been among the top of his priorities.
Sen. Lindsay Graham of SC said that if Trump fired Mueller, it would mark the beginning of the end of his presidency, while Rep. Trey Gowdy, also of SC, said that if Trump was innocent, he should stop acting like he's guilty.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also warned Tuesday that ousting Mueller would "probably" be an impeachable offense. Or if they're not actually delving into the problems of this mans psyche, is it more a conversation of "Hey, you need to calm down, why don't you stop tweeting, put the phone down and go play golf for a few hours?" You've got to pick this fight. "This is a serious one", Flake said.
Democrats have repeatedly called for votes on the bills protecting the special counsel.
"If we do not have a coherent plan for how to address an abrupt firing of Bob Mueller, then we are failing to do our job", Coons said. Yeah, the guy who thinks that the President of the United States is legally incapable of obstructing justice is thinking that maybe Trump is too ridiculous for him to represent.
Collins issued a written statement Monday saying it would be "devastating" if Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe is impeded. Don't create a constitutional crisis.
Firing Mueller could also raise the odds of a blue wave in the midterm elections that would leave Democrats in charge of Congress.
"I can't possibly imagine why Senate leadership wouldn't place a protection in this (spending bill) that's coming through", Corker said. Should Congress pass legislation to protect Mueller from White House intervention?
Graham's remarks were markedly different from those of Sen. "[Mueller] is protected now".
"I believe a decline would be short-lived", said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research.