Warner calls on Congress to protect Mueller after McCabe’s firing

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate Dems rip Trump after Putin news conference Trump and Putin should be talking about cyber weapons and social media instead of nuclear weapons The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments MORE (D-Va.) said on Saturday that all members of Congress need to defend special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, after a report suggested that President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE’s lawyer wanted Mueller to be fired.

“Every member of Congress, Republican and Democrat, needs to speak up in defense of the Special Counsel. Now,” Warner wrote in a tweet.

Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, told the Daily Beast that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinFreedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations Press: Whose side is Trump on? Indictments show the need for Mueller investigation to continue MORE should end special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. He appeared to compare Mueller to former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeWhy does Congress keep playing political games on FBI oversight? FBI confidence in leaders sank after Comey was fired: report Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page gets closed-door grilling from House Republicans MORE, who was fired on Friday night.

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His comments come one day after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRyan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' Conservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report Senators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families MORE fired McCabe after an internal watchdog review. Sessions said McCabe gave the media information without authorization and lacked "candor" with investigators.

“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss [former FBI Director] James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey: 'Patriots need to stand up and reject' Trump's behavior Swalwell: Trump delaying end of Russia probe with refusal to testify Why does Congress keep playing political games on FBI oversight? MORE based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier,” Dowd told The Daily Beast in a statement, referring to the "Steele dossier" that Republicans say prompted the ongoing Russia investigation.

Dowd initially told the Daily Beast that he was speaking as Trump’s counsel but then walked back his statement to say he was speaking in his personal capacity.

McCabe has denied the claims against him and said he was fired to undermine Mueller’s ongoing probe.

Prior to being fired, he faced months of criticism for his role in the FBI’s investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE. Trump had accused him of being biased against him, pointing to McCabe’s wife, who ran for office in Virginia as a Democrat in 2015 and had accepted donations from a top Clinton ally.

The White House has denied Trump has any plans to fire Mueller and continues to cooperate in his investigation.