In blistering tweets, President Donald Trump again skews facts regarding the government investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, claiming "no crime" was uncovered and a House intelligence panel had concluded there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.
Would they? Is Trump ready to gamble that they wouldn't?
Reacting to the backlash over Trump and Dowd's remarks, White House special counsel Ty Cobb emphasized in a statement Sunday night that the President is not considering firing Mueller.
Congressman Trey Gowdy, another South Carolina Republican, told Fox News, "I think the president's lawyer does a disservice when he says that and frames the investigation that way ..." He added later: "If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it".
But bipartisan bills created to protect Mueller have stalled in Congress.
Trump has described the text messages as "BOMBSHELLS", and some Republicans, most notably Sen.
On that, GOP leadership remained silent.
Graham added Mueller was "doing a good job".
US President Donald Trump has fired off angry tweets for the second straight day railing against the Justice Department special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.
Trump's criticism of Mueller, a Republican, appears to be the first time he has attacked the special counsel by name on Twitter, according to an archive of Trump's tweets. Those who pleaded guilty are former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign aide Rick Gates.
"Anybody who says there's nothing to it, well they've already had three or four guilty pleas and 15 or 20 indictments", King says.
"Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans?" Mueller is a Republican.
He said he never saw the former deputy Federal Bureau of Investigation director take notes and "I don't believe he made memos expect to help his own agenda".
Trump has railed against leaks to the media but has had little success stopping them. When he fired McCabe earlier that day, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was following the recommendations of senior career Justice Department lawyers, after a report from the department's inspector general, who was appointed by Barack Obama.
McCabe denies wrongdoing, and Democrats point to Trump's repeated attacks on McCabe as showing a "vindictive" motive.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union" that McCabe's firing was a "horrible day for democracy" and called a White House offensive against the special prosecutor a "red line". He's called the probe both a "witch hunt" and a "hoax". ABC News has confirmed this report with multiple sources familiar with the matter but has not seen the subpoenas.
"I think we owe it to the average American to have a hearing in the judiciary committee where Attorney General Sessions comes forward with whatever documentation he has about the firing, and give Mr McCabe the chance to defend himself". He's not running for re-election this year - Trump allies gloated that they would have beat him in a primary - and he has no easily assembled organization.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC also warned Trump against firing Mueller. "He should've been allowed to finish through the weekend", Senator Marco Rubio said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
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