Trump to Fire Mueller? Here's a List of Republicans Who Have Warned the President Against It

| APR 13, 2018 | 3:49 PM

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In the days following last week's FBI raid of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer's office thanks to a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump has ratcheted up the heat on the Russian investigation, even publically mulling over whether or not he should just fire Mueller.

“Many people have said, 'you should fire him.,'” Trump said Monday, claiming Mueller's team is biased and has ”the biggest conflicts of interest I have ever seen."

“I think it’s a disgrace, what’s going on,” he added.

And while Democrats have predictably reacted to Trump's attacks on the Russian investigation with their own brand of fiery rhetoric, the president's latest onslaught on Mueller has notably been met with pushback from members of his own Republican party.

So, here's a running list of Republicans who have called on Trump to not fire the special counsel:

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, warned Trump against firing Mueller, saying the move “would be suicide” for his presidency.

“It would be suicide for the president to fire Mueller, to want to talk about firing Mueller, the less the president said on this whole thing, the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be," Grassley said.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.)

“I think the consequences of doing so are some that not even the president can anticipate. And I think it would be a mistake,” Cornyn, the Senate Majority Whip, said this week.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Graham went on Fox News Thursday and unabashedly pleaded with the president not to fire Mueller.

“Mr. President, if you’re watching, I think you’re gonna be fine unless you screw this up,” Graham said. “Let the process play out. I don’t believe you colluded with the Russians, but Mueller will soon tell us. The Cohen situation, I am convinced, has got nothing to do with Russia.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Graham said Trump firing Mueller would be “the beginning of the end of his presidency.”

Graham is also a co-sponsor on one of two Senate bills that would aim to protect Mueller's investigation.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La)

Kennedy took a less combative tact, saying that he thinks Trump is “too smart” to get rid of Mueller.

“I think it would provoke some sort of reaction by Congress. I think he knows that,” Kennedy told CNN.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn)

“I think it would be a massive mistake for the president to do anything to interfere with this investigation,” said Corker, while also noting that the president “knows most every Republican senator feels that way.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

The majority leader offered a tempered endorsement for the special counsel to remain intact, telling reporters this week that “Mueller should be allowed to finish his job.”

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

The former Republican Speaker of the House called a possible Mueller firing “a very bad idea,” adding that “these are public servants who've got long careers, stand-up people, who are charged with an investigation, and it's real clear: Either there are facts, or there's not.”

Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie

The former governor and former Trump campaign member delivered a typically straight-to-the-point warning recently—telling Trump that “you can't fire the special counsel. You just can't.”

“I think he does understand it,” the former federal prosecutor added, ”but I think there's lots of people who are concerned that his reaction to this may overcome what he's already been told.”

While Democrats and Republicans both continue to urge the president to remain hands-off regarding Mueller’s investigation, the White House made it clear this week that Trump believes he has the power to bring down the ax on the special counsel if necessary.

“He certainly believes that he has the power to do so,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday.

“We've been advised that the president certainly has the power to make that decision.”

Ultimately, time will tell if Trump will heed the bipartisan warnings or if he will spark a “constitutional crisis” by firing another person linked to Russia probe.