Graham: Trump's Presidency Will Be Over If He Fires Special Prosecutor

President Trump could face impeachment proceedings if he fires the Justice Department special counsel who is looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested Thursday.

The South Carolina lawmaker told reporters that sacking the investigator, Robert Mueller, might lead to “the end” of Trump’s tenure in the White House. He warned that making the move would cross a “red line.” Politico noted that about 20 years ago, Graham was the House impeachment manager for hearings concerning former President Bill Clinton.

“Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency unless Mueller did something wrong,” the senator said. He pledged to sponsor a bill preventing the president from dismissing Mueller “unless you have judicial review of the firing.” According to Graham, “all the Democrats” and some Republicans are in favor of the legislation. The measure’s co-sponsor, Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, told MSNBC on Monday that his goal is to “try and make sure that the president can’t just fire a special prosecutor.”

If he does hand Mueller his walking papers, it will not be the first time the president has tried to thwart an investigation of the Trump-Russia affair. In May, he fired FBI Director James Comey and later admitted he wanted to squelch the bureau’s probe of the scandal. Politico reported that in recent weeks, Trump and his associates have been signaling their dissatisfaction with Mueller’s legal team. They have slammed some of the lawyers for having made campaign contributions to Democrats.

Among the Trump campaign figures on Mueller’s radar for their contacts with Russian government officials last year are Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump Jr. The investigator also is examining the president’s financial operations, and determining whether he obstructed justice by firing Comey. Trump claims the scrutiny of his businesses is beyond Mueller’s authority.

The president, responding when a reporter asked whether he planned to fire Mueller, said: “I can’t answer that question because I don’t think it’s going to happen.” On the Hugh Hewitt radio talk show Tuesday morning, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told the conservative host: “I’ll be on the record with this. In candid conversations with the president, I’ve said, ‘Why would you fire him?’”

Trump raised more eyebrows this week, when he blasted his attorney general. He declared he would not have chosen Sessions for the cabinet position if he had known the former Alabama senator would recuse himself from the Russian probe. Sessions acknowledged that his two 2016 meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had created the appearance of a conflict of interest.

“This effort to basically marginalize and humiliate the attorney general is not going over well with the Senate,” Graham said. “I don’t think it’s going over well in the conservative world. If you believe Jeff Sessions should be fired, use the power you have and accept the consequences. I hope it stops. If Jeff Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay.”

Source: Politico, Fox News Insider
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