Graham says Mueller probe 'not a witch hunt'

GOP Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCorker to introduce resolution holding Saudi crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi's death Cornyn opens door to including criminal justice bill in government funding measure The Hill's Morning Report — Trump shakes up staff with eye on 2020, Mueller probe MORE (S.C.) is voicing support for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into alleged Russian collusion, saying the probe is "not a witch hunt."

"I do believe that Mr. Mueller will be fair, I don't believe this is witch hunt,” Graham, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters on Wednesday afternoon. 

Mueller “should be able to do his job,” Graham added.
 
The GOP senator backed Mueller after President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Ayers decision casts harsh light on Trump NASA offers to show Stephen Curry evidence from moon landings Freedom Caucus calls on leadership to include wall funding, end to 'catch and release' in funding bill MORE unleashed a new round of attacks against the special counsel following a pair of legal blows against the president on Tuesday.
 
Trump's former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortPress: Mueller closes in on Trump Mueller polarizes GOP, Dems the more they hear his name, says polling editor Judge sets Tuesday hearing in Manafort case MORE was convicted of eight counts of bank and tax fraud in federal court in Virginia, while Trump’s former longtime attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to bank and tax fraud and campaign finance violations in court in New York.

The Manafort conviction was the first courtroom test for Mueller's probe, while Cohen implicated the president in admitting to making payments during the 2016 election to tamp down on claims from two women who claim they had affairs with Trump in 2006.
 
Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake: Republican Party ‘is a frog slowly boiling in water’ Tim Scott: Stop giving court picks with 'questionable track records on race' a Senate vote Flake stands firm on sending a ‘message to the White House’ on Mueller MORE (Ariz.), a top critic of Trump in the GOP, said that the growing list of convicted or guilty Trump associates shows "that the Mueller investigation is not a witch hunt."
 
"I'm glad that he's doing what he's doing. And doing it professionally, Mueller. And we need to allow him to continue to serve," Flake said.

"I hope that the president doesn't take any action that would impede that, I hope that he quits trying to undermined that investigation, if he's not worried about the what the conclusion is then let it take its course,” he added.

The retiring Arizona senator said he “hopes” the Senate will consider a Judiciary Committee-backed bill that would make it more difficult to fire the special counsel.

Still, Graham and fellow GOP Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDems have new moniker for Trump: ‘Unindicted co-conspirator' John Kelly’s exit raises concerns about White House future Rubio: We don’t need direct evidence crown prince ‘ordered the code red’ on Khashoggi killing MORE (Fla.) maintained that Mueller’s investigation is not under threat at this point.

"I don't feel any concern right now and if I feel concern, I will let you know,” Graham said.

"I haven't seen any threat to it at this point other than rhetoric by some, so my view remains the same and that is that probe should continue and it should be allowed to complete itself …  I think it's in the best interest of everyone including the president,” Rubio told reporters.

Democrats have continued to voice concerns that Trump will attempt to end Mueller’s probe into his campaign associates’ ties with Russia, saying the special counsel is still gathering information about those connected to the campaign.