Despite a probe by his own party finding no evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller could lead to President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Why? Because Mueller is looking for evidence of collusion.
Graham appears happy to allow Mueller’s probe to drag on indefinitely, even as the special prosecutor has yet to bring forth a single shred of evidence of collusion.
To stop the investigation “without cause” by firing Mueller, the lawmaker said, would create a “constitutional crisis.”
“I think what the president will have done is stopped an investigation in whether or not his campaign colluded with the Russians, what effect the Russians had on the 2016 campaign. I can’t see it being anything other than a corrupt purpose,” Graham said.
Graham’s comments come after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fire FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe because of possible bias.
Other lawmakers have had a less extreme view of what will happen if Trump fires the special prosecutor.
Independent Sen. Angus King of Vermont said firing Mueller would look bad– but not likely merit Trump’s impeachment.
“High crimes and misdemeanors is the standard for impeachment, and I have a high standard for impeachment,” King told Hewitt. “I don’t think impeachment should be used to change a government you don’t like.”
“I wouldn’t say it rises to the level of an impeachable offense, but I certainly think it’s going to create a real problem,” he added.
Still, the idea of Trump firing Mueller is a popular one among American conservatives. A poll of around 500,000 visitors to the Drudge Report website recorded 76 percent support for firing Mueller.