Graham says Mueller probe 'not a witch hunt'

GOP Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDem senator: 'Appropriate' for Barr, Mueller to testify publicly about Russia probe Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report Graham expects 'thorough' briefing on Mueller report 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 TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report 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 ManafortBill Maher questions whether Democrats put 'too much trust' in Mueller report Trump, Congress brace for Mueller findings CNN's Toobin: 'Swirl of suspicion' about more indictments not justified 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 FlakeTrump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Trump keeps tight grip on GOP 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 RubioThe Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game GOP eager to exploit Dem court-packing fight Rubio's pragmatic thinking on China 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.