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Sen. Angus King: Removing Mueller 'Damaging to the Country'

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017 01:30 PM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had no choice but to recuse himself from an investigation of Russia and the Trump campaign, and the president's strong push against the former senator is most likely a step toward getting rid of special counsel Robert Mueller, Sen. Angus King said Wednesday.

"The first thing to understand, when you take the oath in this country, your oath is to the Constitution," the Maine Independent senator told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "You don't say I promise to be loyal and support the president of the United States. It's to the Constitution of the United States."

Further, Justice Department regulations that predate both Sessions and Trump require that a Justice Department employee "cannot participate in an investigation of a campaign in which they were active, and certainly everybody knows Jeff Sessions was active in the Trump campaign," the senator pointed out.

If Trump moves on to firing Mueller from the probe, that would be "damaging to the country,: and to the president in particular, if he really does not have anything to hide," King continued.

If Trump does fire Mueller, King said, a special prosecutor statute will go through the House and Senate, by veto-proof majorities, and Mueller would end up in charge of a new investigation, said Mueller.

"To fire Mueller in the middle of this would be just a breach of the work of the Congress, of the people, of the laws, and of the Constitution," King said. "No man is above the law, no person is above the law, including the president of the United States."

Another solution would be to redouble efforts in congressional intelligence committees to find out more facts behind the case, said King.

King also applauded Sen. John McCain's address to the Senate, saying he delivered the right message about working together.

"Two weeks ago in the Armed Services Committee we had a markup, we had 270-something amendments, we compromised some, we took some by unanimous consent, but we had roll call votes and I was taking notes at the time," King said. "There wasn't a single party line vote in the Armed Services Committee on an amendment, and then we passed the bill unanimously."

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions had no choice but to recuse himself from an investigation of Russia and the Trump campaign, and the president's strong push against the former senator is most likely a step toward getting rid of special counsel Robert Mueller, Sen. Angus King...
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