What Alleged Illegality Is Mueller Investigating? Trump Exercising Lawful Presidential Authority?

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Trump reportedly wanted to fire Mueller last June, citing what he found were conflicts of interest, which was stymied when White House counsel Donald McGahn threatened to quit.

"I get what you're trying to do there - it's a re-election year, I get that, you have to be anti-New York in West Virginia - but explain this to me", Todd told Manchin.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, made a similar case on NBC's "Meet the Press". Lindsey Graham said on ABC's "This Week" that he saw "no evidence" Trump is now trying to fire Mueller, but pointed to legislation he has sponsored to protect the special counsel. "It's pretty clear to me that everybody in the White House knows it would be the end of President Trump's presidency if he fired Mr. Mueller".

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.

Speaking to ABC's This Week on Sunday, Starr responded to a question about whether a lie about attempting to fire Mueller would be grounds for impeachment, stating: "I think lying to the American people is a serious issue that has to be explored".

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Asked if Trump would sign a bill protecting Mueller, Short declined to answer the hypothetical. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Chris Coons, D-Del.

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said on CNN's "New Day" Monday that releasing the memo could "send a message of accountability" in the United States intelligence community. He has called the overall investigation a "witch hunt". President Trump himself recently indicated that he would testify to the investigation under oath, as it inevitably closes in on the top people within the White House. "Hopefully, I think that will come".

Trump has consistently denied any collusion between his campaign and the Russian government, and he said last week he is willing to be interviewed by Mueller, although his lawyers quickly interceded to say that the details were still being worked out.

One prominent former official warned against making assumptions about Mueller's ultimate findings. But on Sunday, even Republicans who have backed such a bill appeared to settle instead on providing a warning to the president.