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Trump's Tweets on Mueller Have Republicans Worried

Some think the president is moving closer to firing the special counsel
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2018 1:15 PM CDT
After Trump's Mueller Tweets, Republicans Warn Him
A file photo of Robert Mueller.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – It's been a busy weekend on the Robert Mueller front thanks to the firing of Andrew McCabe, and both Politico and the AP are taking note of a potentially big development: President Trump is now going after Mueller directly in tweets. The president has previously complained about the investigation but generally avoided direct shots at the special counsel. That changed this weekend. "Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans?" he tweeted Sunday. On Saturday, he complained, "The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime." And that same day, Trump attorney John Dowd urged the Justice Department's Rod Rosenstein to shut down the Mueller investigation, though he later clarified that he was speaking for himself.

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Might all this suggest that Trump is moving closer to firing Mueller himself? "It seems to be building toward that," said GOP Sen. Jeff Flake on CNN, per the Hill. "I just hope it doesn't go there, because it can't." Fellow GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham echoed the sentiment, warning that firing Mueller "would be the beginning of the end of his presidency, because we're a rule-of-law nation." Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, meanwhile, pushed back on Trump's allegation of "hardened Democrats" on Mueller's team. After all, he said, Mueller himself is a Republican, while his boss, Rosenstein, and Rosenstein's boss, Jeff Sessions, were appointed by Republican presidents. (There may be an unusual way for McCabe to qualify for his full pension benefits despite being fired.)

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