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Despite President Trump’s recent Twitter tirade bashing special counsel Robert Mueller, Senate Republicans are refusing to take legislative action.

On Monday evening, The Hill reported that Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) wasn’t planning on holding a vote on any legislation that would safeguard Mueller throughout the remainder of the Russia investigation, based solely on the assumption that Trump — who may or may not have sent dick pics to an adult film actor he had an affair with while his wife was pregnant — wouldn’t do something that dumb.

“I just think it’s not necessary and obviously legislation requires a presidential signature and I don’t see … the necessity of picking that fight right now,” Sen. Cornyn told The Hill, adding that firing Mueller “would be a mistake and produce all sorts of unintended consequences.”

Senate president pro tempore Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) shared Cornyn’s feelings on legislation to protect Mueller.

“My conversations with the White House have led him me to believe legislation is not necessary at this point because I do not believe the president would take such a foolish action,” Hatch said in a statement issued by his office.

However, some Republicans in Congress have been vocal about allowing Mueller to continue his work without interference. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) issued a stern warning to Trump on his verified Twitter account. Other outspoken Republicans, like Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), have also said they would take action if Trump fired Mueller (what specific action would be taken was not specified).

After former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired this weekend — 26 hours before his official retirement from a decades-long career in the FBI — Trump began his twitter storm with attacks on McCabe amid reports he kept memos documenting his interactions with Trump. President Trump suggested McCabe’s memos were “fake,” seeing as how McCabe didn’t take notes directly in front of Trump. The Associated Press has since reported that Mueller is now in possession of those memos.

The attacks on Mueller’s probe are not the first time that Trump has commented negatively on the special counsel. In January, it was widely reported that Trump tried to fire Mueller in June of 2017 — approximately one month after the former FBI director was appointed special counsel.

Trump’s weekend tweets also marked the first time the president invoked Robert Mueller by name in attacking the probe. While he never personally called for the investigation to end, he did call it a “witch hunt,” which is the same term former President Richard Nixon used to describe the Watergate investigation. And in his 1974 State of the Union speech, Nixon called for the probe into the Watergate affair to end, saying, “one year of Watergate is enough.”

Over the weekend, lawyers working for Trump made a direct appeal to the Department of Justice to end the Russia investigation. John Dowd, who is Trump’s personal legal counsel, wrote that he prayed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — who oversees the Mueller probe given Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal — would bring the investigation to a swift end.

 

Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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