GOP Senator Warns Trump: Firing Mueller Will Lead To ‘Swift Backlash’


President Donald Trump is angry and looking for a way to end the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Some have suggested the president may try to fire Mueller or Mueller’s supervisor, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

But a senator from Trump’s own party is warning that it would be a big mistake for the president to try and shut down the Russia probe.

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) wrote an op-ed which appears in the Friday edition of The Washington Post, and in it Tillis issues this warning:

“If the president actually removes the special counsel without good cause, it would likely result in swift, bipartisan backlash and shake the country’s faith in the integrity of our legal system.

“The result would not be good for the American people, the Republican Party or the president.”

Tillis, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, also notes that the constant talk on right-wing media about removing Rosenstein is counterproductive to the president’s legislative priorities:

“The constant headlines and rumors that Trump is considering or has considered removing Mueller — ‘fake news’ or not — are a distraction from the president’s agenda and successful policy initiatives.”

The North Carolina senator ends his op-ed with the mention of a bill he is sponsoring which would protect Mueller from being dismissed by the president by creating a judicial review panel to oversee the special counsel:

“Letting his investigation run its course is in the best interest of the country, and it is the only option to ensure that the American people have trust in the process. This is critically important because it means when the investigation concludes, our country can move forward together. Our bill will help ensure that happens.”

While Tillis and his GOP colleagues who support protections for the Mueller probe, their warnings may be falling on deaf ears. Trump is not a man known for taking advice from others, and if he’s as guilty as he acts, he cannot allow the truth about his actions to be known because to do so would spell the end of his presidency and potentially wind up with him in prison for decades.

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