Lindsey Graham warns firing Mueller 'would be the end' for Trump's presidency

Former FBI director Robert Mueller's position as head of the Russia investigation has been under threat almost since his

Former FBI director Robert Mueller's position as head of the Russia investigation has been under threat almost since his

The investigation, of course, is looking into the apparent conspiracy between Russian officials and Trump's administration. "That's not going to accomplish anything, '" said one source familiar with the situation. Boyd's letter said the Justice Department is "currently unaware of any wrongdoing relating to the FISA process", but that the department takes any allegation of such abuse seriously and "we agree that any abuse of that system can not be tolerated".

"When this comes up - everyone says, 'That's the death march". "You have to judge a person on the outcome, and in this case, Donald Trump has done nothing but cooperate with the special counsel".

Asked about those reports, White House legislative director Marc Short said Sunday he's "not aware the president ever intimated that he wanted to fire Robert Mueller".

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have voted to release a classified memo they wrote that alleges that the FBI and the Justice Department improperly used government surveillance during the investigation into Russian election interference and contacts with President Donald Trump's campaign.

That seems unlikely. If Trump fired Mueller today, every bit of information he has collected would be in the Times tomorrow.

The Maine senator described the report about Trump firing Mueller as being simply a "bad idea", telling host Jake Tapper: "He talked with his counsel, who explained to an angry and frustrated president why it was a bad idea". The president said Wednesday that he would gladly testify under oath - although a White House official quickly said afterward that Trump did not mean he was volunteering to testify. When the story broke on the paper's website that evening, cable news networks CNN and MSNBC obsessed excitedly on it.

Senate Republicans moved quickly last August amid speculation that Trump might fire Mueller for investigating beyond his perceived mandate to introduce dueling measures that would provide a layer of job protection.

Hannity, who is in frequent communication with the White House, claimed that none of his sources in the administration could corroborate it. Leonhardt made a list for Trump, and it had 10 items. The president has since denied the reports, telling reporters as he arrived Friday at the site of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the reports were "fake news". And Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin told CNN that "it's premature for [Congress] to go down that road". "There's no obstruction whatsoever", he said.

The counter-narrative, advanced by pro-Trump media outlets, is that Trump is the victim of a "deep state" plot to take down his presidency. He mockingly told reporters, "You fight back, oh, it's obstruction".

"So, we're told that his lawyers have put the brakes on this", he noted.

It's unclear how the latest revelations will play out politically and legally.

This fact is significant for two reasons: For starters, Rosenstein can "veto any Mueller action he deems inappropriate or unwarranted", and bringing a prosecution would "in the judgement of DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel, would violate the Constitution", Columbus argues.

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