A Republican group defended special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE against attacks by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE in an ad that aired Wednesday morning during “Fox & Friends” — a show that Trump is said to frequently watch.

The 30-second ad from Republicans for the Rule of Law highlights Mueller’s military service in Vietnam and his service as head of the FBI during the Bush administration.

“Mueller has been trusted by Republicans to put America first,” the ad says.


It also shows congressional leaders Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTSA agents protest government shutdown at Pittsburgh airport The case for Russia sanctions Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation MORE (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAEI names Robert Doar as new president GOP can't excommunicate King and ignore Trump playing to white supremacy and racism House vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King MORE (R-Wis.) supporting the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“I have a lot of confidence in Bob Mueller,” McConnell says in the ad.

McConnell has said he believes Mueller should not be fired but said Tuesday he doesn’t think the Senate needs to pass legislation to protect the special counsel.

The ad also shows Vice President Pence saying “the special counsel has a job to do.”

It urges viewers to call their representatives and demand they protect the Mueller investigation.

Republicans for Rule of Law was founded by conservative commentator Bill Kristol and GOP members who don’t want to see Mueller fired during his Russia investigation.

Kristol tweeted about the ad on Monday night, taking a dig at Trump’s television habits by airing the spot during the Fox News show the president reportedly watches.

“You (and President Trump) can see our first TV ad--defending the Mueller investigation--on Fox and Friends in DC tomorrow morning.”

Reports broke on Tuesday that Trump had tried to fire Mueller in December after inaccurate claims that Mueller subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for Trump’s finances.

The White House said Tuesday that Trump “certainly believes” he has the power to fire Mueller after the FBI raided the office and home of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

However, legal experts say the authority falls on the Department of Justice official in charge of the probe, Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay Rosenstein5 myths about William Barr William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress MORE.

Trump is reportedly mulling firing Rosenstein over the raid since the deputy attorney general personally signed off on the paperwork approving it.

Republicans and Democrats have united in their support of Mueller and urged the president not to fire Rosenstein.

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump blasts Pelosi for wanting to leave country during shutdown The Senate should host the State of the Union Dem senators debate whether to retweet Cardi B video criticizing Trump over shutdown MORE (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday afternoon that Trump firing Rosenstein would spark a "constitutional crisis."