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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 TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border 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 GowdyHouse GOP sets deposition deadline for Fusion GPS co-founder Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant Comey rejects request for closed-door interview with House Republicans 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 BarrassoWhy grizzly bear hunting season isn’t happening Trump poised to sign bipartisan water infrastructure bill Dems to force health care vote weeks before Nov. midterms 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 GardnerDemocrats must end mob rule GOP senators praise Haley as 'powerful' and 'unafraid' Democrats won’t let Kavanaugh debate die MORE (Colo.), Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeTrump: 'I could pick a woman,' and she could be accused of misconduct Ann Coulter believes Kushner wrote anonymous op-ed bashing Trump Mulvaney: Trump regularly asks why Roy Moore lost MORE (Ala.), Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsGOP loads up lame-duck agenda as House control teeters Congress allows farm bill to lapse before reauthorization deadline Pat Robertson asks followers to help cast 'shield of protection' ahead of hurricane MORE (Kan.) and John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenTrump poised to sign bipartisan water infrastructure bill Overnight Energy: Trump Cabinet officials head west | Zinke says California fires are not 'a debate about climate change' | Perry tours North Dakota coal mine | EPA chief meets industry leaders in Iowa to discuss ethanol mandate 74 protesters charged at Capitol in protest of Kavanaugh 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 LeeSenators pledge action on Saudi journalist’s disappearance Bernie Sanders: US should pull out of war in Yemen if Saudis killed journalist Senators warn Trump that Saudi relationship is on the line MORE (Utah), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMurkowski not worried about a Palin challenge Kavanaugh fight a GOP wake up call, but more is needed MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace: I told Jeb Bush 'he should have punched' Trump 'in the face' MORE (Ariz.) and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstDemocrats won’t let Kavanaugh debate die Overnight Defense: Trump ramps up pressure on Iran, international courts | Arrest made after suspicious letters sent to Trump, Mattis | US to offer NATO cyber capabilities Admiral defends record after coming under investigation in 'Fat Leonard' scandal MORE (Iowa).