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Top GOP Sen. Warns Trump: Firing Mueller Would Be ‘Grave Error’, Triggering ‘Crisis’ And ‘Impeachment’

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Top GOP Sen. Warns Trump: Firing Mueller Would Be ‘Grave Error’, Triggering ‘Crisis’ And ‘Impeachment’




Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a former chairman and current member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, warned Wednesday that firing special counsel Robert Mueller before he finishes his investigation into Russian election interference and potential Trump-Russia collusion would be a “grave error” that would trigger a “crisis” and possibly “impeachment.”

“Firing Mr. Mueller would be a grave error. It would trigger a crisis, possibly even impeachment,” Hatch wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

He said it’s in the country’s and President Trump’s “best interest” not to fire Mueller.

Firing Mueller “would threaten many of the administration’s accomplishments and make continued progress virtually impossible,” Hatch wrote.

Hatch’s warning comes ahead of a vote Thursday in the Judiciary Committee on a bill that would protect Mueller. However, Hatch is expected to vote against the measure because he believes it’s unconstitutional and doesn’t think Trump will end up firing Mueller.

“I endorse the message the special-counsel bill is meant to send. But I take seriously the responsibility to ensure that the laws Congress passes comport with the Constitution,” Hatch wrote in his op-ed.



The Hill added:

Trump has lashed out at Mueller following the FBI’s raid on the office, home and hotel room of his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. The raid was sparked, in part, by a referral from Mueller’s team.

But Trump downplayed speculation that he wanted to fire Mueller, despite reports that he has previously tried but ultimately backed down.

“If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him. Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper!” he tweeted earlier this month.



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