GOP senator: Mueller protection bill would send strong message to Trump

Speculation that Trump might try to fire special counsel Robert Mueller gained renewed traction this week

Speculation that Trump might try to fire special counsel Robert Mueller gained renewed traction this week

A Republican House leader defended the FBI's raid of President Donald Trump's private attorney, saying special counsel Robert Mueller had an obligation to report "potential criminality" to the "appropriate jurisdiction" of NY.

Michael Cohen tweeted a response to a McClatchy report published Friday that says special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence he visited the Czech Republic in late summer, citing two sources familiar with the matter, contradicting Cohen's previous denials and jibing with details contained in the infamous Trump-Russia dossier compiled by a former British spy. But the fact is that the president is never going to sign that legislation.

Collins said, "I think that it would not hurt if we passed legislation to send a message to the White House that we want the investigation to continue".

But she said it could be worth debating and passing anyway. "But, having the discussion in Congress does send a strong message that we do not want Mr. Mueller's investigation interfered with in any way".

A months-long investigation into President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen's business dealings led to this week's searches of Cohen's residence, hotel room, office, safety deposit box and two cell phones, US prosecutors told a judge in a court filing.

Trump heightened their concerns last week when White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the president "certainly believes he has the power" to fire Mueller.

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