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Cornyn Says It 'Would Be a Mistake' for Trump to Fire Mueller

Sunday, 17 December 2017 12:07 PM

John Cornyn, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, said it “would be a mistake” for President Donald Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Cornyn’s comments on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday came as a handful of congressional Republicans have called for Mueller’s firing. Representative Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, said in a radio interview on Friday that the “rumor” sweeping the Capitol was that Trump plans to fire Mueller on Dec. 22.

Trump’s lawyer, Ty Cobb, has denied the claim. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short both pushed back on the notion Sunday.

“There’s no conversation about that whatsoever in the White House,” Short said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“I haven’t heard anything about this, any firing,” Mnuchin said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding that it was “obviously up to” Trump to make a final decision.

Cornyn said that he has confidence in Mueller, the former FBI director who was named in May to lead a probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But he repeated that Mueller should “eliminate” team members who had supported Democrats or were critical of Trump.

“I would just think he would be concerned about the appearance of conflicts of interest that would undermine the integrity of the investigation,” Cornyn said.

Mueller recently removed an FBI official from the investigation as soon as his anti-Trump text messages were discovered. The recipient of the texts, who was also on Mueller’s team, had left by the time the exchanges were discovered.

“Mueller needs to clean house of partisans,” Cornyn said Saturday in a Twitter message to a Bloomberg reporter.

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John Cornyn, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said it "would be a mistake" for President Donald Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.Cornyn's comments on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday came as a handful of congressional Republicans have called for Mueller's firing....
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