GOP lawmakers to Trump: Don't fire Mueller

GOP lawmakers to Trump: Don't fire Mueller
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A number of Republican lawmakers are speaking out against speculation that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE could fire special counsel Robert Mueller, saying the the president would be wise to let the former FBI director continue his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“He’s the best hope for giving us a product that the largest number of Americans can accept as credible,” Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyTrey Gowdy joins Fox News as a contributor Congress must take the next steps on federal criminal justice reforms Lynch testimony marks final interview of GOP-led probe MORE (R-S.C.), the chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told left-leaning Mother Jones.

Among the other GOP lawmakers advising against such a move are Sens. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoDems slam EPA plan for fighting drinking water contaminants Overnight Energy: Zinke joins Trump-tied lobbying firm | Senators highlight threat from invasive species | Top Republican calls for Green New Deal vote in House Senators highlight threat from invasive species MORE (Wyo.), Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyOvernight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race MORE (Pa.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerBipartisan Senators reintroduce legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia Dems seeking path to Senate majority zero-in on Sun Belt Lawmakers eager for 5G breakthrough MORE (Colo.), Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeDomestic influence campaigns borrow from Russia’s playbook Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force Five things to watch in Mississippi Senate race MORE (Ala.), Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsGOP senators offer praise for Klobuchar: 'She’s the whole package' The Hill's Morning Report - House Dems prepare to swamp Trump with investigations The Hill's Morning Report — Will Ralph Northam survive? MORE (Kan.) and John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenDem lawmaker 'confident' bipartisan group will strike deal on border funding Congress in painful start to avoid second shutdown Republicans want Trump to keep out of border talks MORE (N.D.), according to Mother Jones.

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"At this point, he should continue to complete his work, but it has to be an open and transparent process,” Hoeven said.

“We should allow Director Mueller to continue to do his job,” Gardner told Mother Jones.

Speculation has swirled in recent weeks that Trump could move to fire the special counsel, who is looking into, among other things, potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Trump has rejected the notion that his campaign coordinated with Russian representatives or officials, and has called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt."

In recent days, the president and his allies have denied any plans to fire Mueller. Asked by a reporter earlier this week if he was planning to do away with the special counsel, Trump replied, "No, I'm not."

Mueller's integrity often earns a bipartisan defense, despite some challenges to the impartiality of his investigation.

A number of Republican lawmakers have already spoken out against the prospect of Trump firing Mueller, including Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Push for paid family leave heats up ahead of 2020 New act can help us grapple with portion of exploding national debt MORE (Utah), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal MORE (Ariz.) and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstPush for paid family leave heats up ahead of 2020 Ivanka Trump to meet with GOP senators to discuss paid family leave legislation On The Money: Negotiators aiming to reach deal Monday night | Why border talks stalled | Treasury calls reports on dip in tax refunds 'misleading' | Cuomo, Trump to discuss SALT deduction cap MORE (Iowa).