WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Republican senators have warned President Donald Trump to not interfere in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations.
- Trump recently attacked Mueller on Twitter regarding his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
- The Republican president also attacked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and reiterated that there had been “no collusion” between his campaign team and Russia, calling the probe a “witch hunt”.
The president renewed his attacks on Mueller and his team, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and former FBI Director James Comey on Sunday via Twitter.
McCabe was fired Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, two days before he was eligible to retire with a full pension.
“Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he was with me. I don’t believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at a later date,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Same with lying James Comey. Can we call them Fake Memos?”
Michael Bromwich, McCabe’s attorney, issued this statement on Twitter: “We will not be responding to each childish, defamatory, disgusting & false tweet by the President. The whole truth will come out in due course.”
Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake saw McCabe’s dismissal as “a horrible day for democracy.”
During CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Flake said that he expects his colleagues in Congress to push back on any action the president might take to end the Mueller probe.
Trump insisted that the Russia investigation was dominated by “hardened Democrats.”
“Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added … does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!” the POTUS tweeted.
Major Republicans have cautioned the president not to fire Mueller and to allow federal investigators to do their jobs.
“The President is floating trial balloons about derailing the Mueller investigation. Our Republican colleagues, particularly the leadership, have an obligation to our country to stand up now and make it clear that firing Mueller is a red line for our democracy that cannot be crossed,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
Sen. Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also called to defend the investigation.
Senator Lindsey Graham, another Republican, said he believes that any effort to dismiss Mueller would be catastrophic for the president.
“If he tried to do that, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency,” Graham said during CNN’s “State of the Union.”