Graham says Mueller probe 'not a witch hunt'

GOP Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick Republicans set sights on FBI chief as Russia probe investigations ramp up The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement MORE (S.C.) is voicing support for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district 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 ManafortTrump says he would consider pardons for those implicated in Mueller investigation Graham releases newly declassified documents on Russia probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - Mask mandates, restrictions issued as COVID-19 spreads MORE was convicted of eight counts of bank and tax fraud in federal court in Virginia, while Trump’s former longtime attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: White House, Dems debate coronavirus relief package Michael Cohen offered job as political consultant, lawyer says On The Money: Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in stimulus talks | Prosecutors hint at probe into 'possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization' MORE 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 FlakeCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism 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 RubioDavis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump Lincoln Project expands GOP target list, winning Trump ire China sanctioning Rubio, Cruz in retaliatory move over Hong Kong 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.