GOP lawmakers to Trump: Don't fire Mueller

GOP lawmakers to Trump: Don't fire Mueller
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A number of Republican lawmakers are speaking out against speculation that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Watergate prosecutor: Trump taking the fifth would be political suicide Comey: I’m ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ by Republican party Comey, Anderson Cooper clash over whether memo release violated FBI rules MORE could fire special counsel Robert Mueller, saying the the president would be wise to let the former FBI director continue his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“He’s the best hope for giving us a product that the largest number of Americans can accept as credible,” Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyCambridge Analytica whistleblower briefs House Dems GOP chairmen say they have deal with Justice on documents Overnight Energy: Dems raise new questions about Pruitt's security | EPA rules burning wood is carbon neutral | Fourth GOP lawmaker calls for Pruitt's ouster | Court blocks delay to car efficiency fines MORE (R-S.C.), the chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told left-leaning Mother Jones.

Among the other GOP lawmakers advising against such a move are Sens. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoAfter Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp Major GOP donor Friess to enter Wyoming governor race EPA to conduct 'full review' of information requests for Pruitt records MORE (Wyo.), Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyWH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying MORE (Pa.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenators fume over fight to change rules for Trump's nominees Poll: Almost two-thirds of Texas voters support legal recreational marijuana House, Senate GOP compete for cash MORE (Colo.), Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeGOP intensifies war against Blankenship in West Virginia Republicans fear Cochran replacement puts Senate seat at risk Mississippi is new headache for GOP in the South MORE (Ala.), Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsGOP senators raise concerns about babies on Senate floor Senate passes resolution allowing Duckworth to bring baby on floor Kill off anti-environmental excesses in the farm bill MORE (Kan.) and John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenLobbying World Worried GOP views Trump trade war with angst Conservatives fear trade war could cripple tax cuts message MORE (N.D.), according to Mother Jones.

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"At this point, he should continue to complete his work, but it has to be an open and transparent process,” Hoeven said.

“We should allow Director Mueller to continue to do his job,” Gardner told Mother Jones.

Speculation has swirled in recent weeks that Trump could move to fire the special counsel, who is looking into, among other things, potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Trump has rejected the notion that his campaign coordinated with Russian representatives or officials, and has called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt."

In recent days, the president and his allies have denied any plans to fire Mueller. Asked by a reporter earlier this week if he was planning to do away with the special counsel, Trump replied, "No, I'm not."

Mueller's integrity often earns a bipartisan defense, despite some challenges to the impartiality of his investigation.

A number of Republican lawmakers have already spoken out against the prospect of Trump firing Mueller, including Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators to Trump: Let Mueller finish Russia probe The Hill's Morning Report: Can Trump’s VA pick make it through the week? Mike Lee pens op-ed calling legislation to protect Mueller 'unconstitutional' MORE (Utah), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP moves to cut debate time for Trump nominees GOP advances proposal to change Senate rules Julian Castro predicts Arizona will 'go blue' for Senate, presidential election MORE (Ariz.) and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstGOP senator: Trump tariffs are hurting US farmers McConnell: Syria strikes were 'appropriate and measured' GOP senator uncomfortable with ground troops in Syria MORE (Iowa).