Graham: Ousting Mueller 'Could Be Beginning of End' for Trump

Sen. Graham is introducing bill to curb Trump's ability to fire Mueller
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2017 3:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – “Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency," Politico quotes Sen. Lindsey Graham as saying. The Republican senator says he's introducing a bipartisan bill that will subject any firing of a special counsel investigating a president—including a possible firing of Robert Mueller by President Trump—to judicial review. "We need a check and balance here," CNN quotes Graham as saying. Graham says Trump firing Mueller just because he doesn't like Mueller's investigation would be crossing a "red line" and cause the US to "become Russia."

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Graham also had strong words for Trump's badgering of Jeff Sessions—which some see as an attempt to get the attorney general to resign so Trump can replace him with someone who will end the Mueller investigation. Graham says he's "100% behind" Sessions and that "there will be holy hell to pay" if Trump fires him. Graham says Trump needs to stop trying to "marginalize and humiliate" Sessions or simply fire him and "accept the consequences." The Washington Post states with Graham's comments and proposed bill it appears GOP lawmakers may finally be ready to take concrete steps in "an effort to save President Trump from himself" and prevent a constitutional crisis. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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