Trump warned against firing Mueller, pardoning witnesses

Jim Jordan   Alex Wong  Getty Images

Jim Jordan Alex Wong Getty Images

U.S. Senator Mark Warner has spoken out about what he calls "a growing chorus of irresponsible and reckless" voices calling for an end to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of ties between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's election campaign, saying such a move "has the potential to provoke a constitutional crisis". "For five months or more, the White House has persistently and emphatically stated there is no consideration of firing the special counsel, and the White House willingly affirms yet again, as it has every day this week, there is no consideration being given to the termination of the special counsel".

The poll found that Mueller's handling of the investigation garnered a 47 percent approval rating, while only 32 percent of those polled approved of the way that Trump has handled the situation.

After his speech, Warner told reporters he was motivated to deliver his speech before lawmakers head home for Christmas because he sees a "coordinate effort to undermine Mueller, and in many ways more broadly even the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

"I believe it is up to every member of this institution, Republican or Democrat, to make a clear and unambiguous statement that any attempt by this president to remove special counsel Mueller from his position or to pardon key witnesses in an effort to shield them from accountability. would be a gross abuse of power", Warner said.

A spokeswoman for Jordan did not return a request for comment.

Adams, known for his role as an Obama-era whistleblower at the DOJ, has said Mueller is on an "out-of-control crusade" to wreck Trump's election win and is being helped by attorneys who are "relics" of the previous administration.

Jordan is not the only congressman seeking to undermine Mueller who has been in touch with the White House in recent weeks.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was joined by 171 fellow Democrats at a press conference in defense of special counsel Robert Mueller. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

It is unclear whether Nunes has remained in contact with Trump. "My people were very upset to see that", Trump said.

The California congressman has been conducting his own investigations into "unmaskings" by the Obama administration and the credibility of the dossier - two issues heavily promoted by Trump earlier this year - which has heightened speculation that he coordinated with the White House at least initially to create a diversion from the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

In a speech from the Senate floor, Virginia Sen.

House Democrats had circulated rumors last week that Trump would fire Mueller this Friday, just before the Christmas holiday.

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