Fox News host: ‘Mueller’s basically the Democrat candidate for president’

Fox News host Jesse Watters on Friday said special counsel Robert Mueller is "basically" the Democratic presidential nominee for 2020.

Watters said Friday while guest-hosting Laura Ingraham's "The Ingraham Angle" on Fox News that Mueller's investigation into Russia's election hacking was likely the only thing that could derail President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE's reelection bid in 2020.

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“It seems like Mueller’s basically the Democrat candidate for president,” Watters said. “He’s the only person that can stop Donald Trump’s reelection. And the Democrats are putting all their eggs in the Mueller basket and if he clears everybody else after this, they have nothing.”

The Fox host also criticized Democrats for defending Mueller's probe, playing a clip of California Rep. Ted Lieu (D) speaking about the Mueller probe on the House floor.

Lieu warned in his floor speech Wednesday that Trump would take the first steps toward impeachment by seeking to shut down Mueller's investigation.

"If Donald Trump wants to take the first footsteps of Richard Nixon, he's certainly welcome to try," Lieu said. "But it will not end well for him."

Watters defended Republicans attacking the special counsel as just "working the refs."

"This is just Republicans working the refs. I mean, you know, when a coach yells at the officials and next time they maybe get a better call," Watters said Friday.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with criticizing the Mueller investigation if something's wrong," he added. "Evidence of blatant anti-Trump bias by investigators isn’t justification for questioning the probe? You kidding me?"

An agent who allegedly sent anti-Trump text messages while working on Mueller's team last year was removed from the probe last summer.

On Friday, the White House pushed back against rumors pushed by Democrats that Trump was nearing a decision to fire the special counsel.

“For the one-thousandth time, we have no intentions of firing Bob Mueller,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Fox News.

"We’re continuing to work closely and cooperate with him and we look forward to seeing this hoax wrap up very soon," she added.