GOP lawmaker: No need for legislation to protect Mueller

GOP Rep. Scott TaylorScott William TaylorElaine Luria endorses McAuliffe for governor in Virginia Democratic primary Luria holds onto Virginia House seat Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch MORE (Va.) on Monday denied the need for legislation to protect special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE from termination, saying the investigation should be allowed to “take its course.”

“You know, I think if people have a problem with lawmakers politically calling for the firing of Mueller then they should have equally a problem with lawmakers calling to protect him, politically,” Taylor told CNN’s “New Day.” 

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Taylor’s remarks follow a New York Times report last week that said Trump had called for Mueller’s firing but backtracked when the White House counsel threatened to quit.

Some Democrats seized on the report, citing it as an example of the president attempting to obstruct justice and saying it was a sign legislation was needed to protect Mueller from being fired.

Some Republican lawmakers have argued the point as well. Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsEmanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter Rachel Levine sworn in as first openly transgender four-star officer in health corps MORE (R-Maine) on Sunday said, “It certainly wouldn’t hurt to put that extra safeguard in place" to protect Mueller.

But Taylor argues the probe into Russia’s election meddling and any potential ties between Trump campaign staffers and the Kremlin should be permitted to “take its course.”

“If I was the president, I’d be pissed too. You know, it’s been a political hammer by Democrats on him, of course about this,” Taylor said. “It didn’t happen in over a year. Let it take its course. There’s political folks on both sides.”