As The New York Times reported over the weekend, Trump's shadow campaign against Mueller appears to have focused on how he can leverage a controversial memo, written by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, to pressure and potentially fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
It's the latest twist in a slow-drip Russian Federation investigation that has led to two indictments, two plea deals and interviews with more than 20 White House employees.
But in recent days Trump has put forward a more positive face regarding the investigation, telling reporters at the White House on Wednesday that he was "looking forward" to testifying under oath before the special counsel. I look at it strictly as the NY language that they have which is different than most other people.
"It's pretty clear to me that everybody in the White House knows it'd be the end of President Trump's presidency if he fired Mr. Mueller", Graham said. He did not issue an ultimatum directly to the president but told then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and then-chief strategist Steve Bannon that he wanted to quit, the source said.
In an interview with ABC News' "This Week", the SC lawmaker said an apolitical special counsel should investigate if there's been any misconduct by the agency or the Department of Justice. He has continued to use his favorite communication platform, Twitter, to rail against Special Counsel Mueller and his investigative team on a regular basis, with some particularly bombastic claims at times. Still, setting aside "realpolitik" considerations for a minute, he adds, "the evidence is now quite strong that Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice", the first article of impeachment against Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.
The thing is, Mueller is not only an incredibly qualified individual dedicated to upholding United States law, but he is an American hero. He has worked for years as a federal prosecutor, garners respect from both sides of the aisle and served as director of the FBI from 2001-2013, under both presidents Bush and Obama.
"That was seven months ago, and the White House counsel is still on the job and Mr. Mueller is still aggressively investigating - that's as it should be", Collins said.
Democrats, on the other hand, say the threat is real and pressing.
"I think what happened here is the president had a bad idea", Collins said.