Graham uses Fox News appearance to ask Trump not to fire Mueller

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback Democrats signal they'll reject Trump shutdown proposal Dems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell MORE (R-S.C.) asked President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE during an appearance on Fox News not to fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, who is currently investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“Mr. President, if you’re watching, I think you’re gonna be fine unless you screw this up,” Graham said on Fox News. “Let the process play out. I don’t believe you colluded with the Russians, but Mueller will soon tell us. The Cohen situation, I am convinced, has got nothing to do with Russia.”

Graham’s comments come after reports that the president reportedly wanted to fire Mueller in December and has recently been mulling firing 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.

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The senator said he believes that the recent raid on Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen — which was approved by Rosenstein —  was unrelated to the Russia investigation.

“If Mueller was trying to squeeze Cohen, Mueller would have done it. This is something unconnected to Russia, I am 100 percent convinced of that, and we’ll see what Mueller does. Let him do his job,” Graham told Fox News’s Martha MacCallum.

Graham also said that he does not understand why there isn’t a special counsel outside of the Justice Department looking into the “politically motivated dossier paid for by the Democratic Party.”

Graham’s comments are the latest in a series of warnings he has given the president against firing the special prosecutor.