Donald Trump should refuse a Mueller interview

Michele Moreno
January 30, 2018

The FBI officials Trump has targeted are Andrew McCabe, the current deputy FBI director and who was briefly acting FBI director after Comey's firing; Jim Rybicki, Comey's chief of staff and senior counselor; and James Baker, formerly the FBI's general counsel....

In a letter Wednesday, the Justice Department warned the House intelligence panel's Republican chairman, California Rep. Devin Nunes, that releasing the classified memo could be "extraordinarily reckless" and asked to review it.

"I don't think there's a need for legislation right now to protect Mueller", House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said on NBC's "Meet the Press" program. Until we know more about what, if any, evidence Mueller has regarding Trump's knowledge of illicit coordination between his team and the Russians, any analysis of the obstruction of justice case is purely academic, and, ultimately, nonproductive.

"I've got legislation protecting Mr. Mueller, and I'd be glad to pass it tomorrow", Graham told the ABC News "This Week" program.

Collins told CNN's "State of the Union" that it would "not hurt" for Congress to approve added protections for Mueller, but she didn't offer a timeline.

"Let's get them out there for everyone to see", Grassley said.

Republican leaders have downplayed the report's significance, suggesting Trump's volatility may have led to a momentary indiscretion but it was ultimately of no outcome since Mueller continues to lead the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

But not even Wyden-one of the president's fiercest critics when it comes to the Russian Federation investigations-committed to supporting legislation to protect the special counsel.

The person told Reuters on Friday that Trump asked McGahn to raise what he said were Mueller's conflicts with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because the president thought they were serious enough to remove Mueller.

Russian Federation has denied any meddling and Mr Trump has denied any collusion.

The New York Times first reported last week that Trump had ordered Mueller fired in June but backed down when White House counsel Don McGhan threatened to resign. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden believes the law as it currently exists now prohibits Trump from firing Mueller without cause. Without an underlying crime ("collusion" as we've taken to calling it in the press, even though there is no crime labeled as such), of which Trump was aware, prosecutors will have a much more hard time proving the intent element of any obstruction charge. "Fake news. A typical New York Times fake story".

Speaking from Davos this morning, Trump dismissed the story of Mueller's attempted firing in typical fashion: "Fake news, folks".

Strzok was reassigned from the probe after he was found to have sent anti-Trump text messages.

Collins, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also added that in her opinion, Trump, who has tweeted prolifically about the investigation for months, should "never" talk about the probe except in private with legal counsel.

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