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Sen. Collins: If Trump Fired Rosenstein, Would Be 'Terrible Mistake'

Sen. Collins: If Trump Fired Rosenstein, Would Be 'Terrible Mistake'
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 28 January 2018 01:03 PM

President Donald Trump would be making a “terrible mistake” if he fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — and should “never… ever” discuss special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe with anyone but his lawyer, Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Maine Republican, reacting to a report that Trump wanted to fire Mueller last year, noted Rosenstein is the only one who could technically fire the special counsel.

“Last year at a hearing I questioned [Rosenstein] at length on this issue and he was adamant that he would never give in to any White House pressure to remove Mr. Mueller,” she said. “I think what happened here is the president had a bad idea.”

Pressed on her reaction to a CNN report that Trump has been talking about firing Rosenstein out of frustration with the probe, Collins added, “Well, if that's true, that obviously would be a terrible mistake.”

“We've seen what happened back in the Nixon administration when President [Richard] Nixon on the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ kept going down the line until he would find someone who would fire the special counsel —and that didn't end very well,” she said.

Trump should stop venting about the probe, she said.

“I think the president would be best served by never discussing the investigation ever, whether in tweets, except in private conversations with his attorney,” she said, adding, however, ““it wouldn’t hurt” to have Senate legislation to protect a special counsel.

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