Flake: I'd back impeaching Trump if he fired Mueller 'without cause'

Flake: I'd back impeaching Trump if he fired Mueller 'without cause'
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Trump looms large over fractured Arizona GOP Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that he would support impeaching President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE if the president fired 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 “without cause.”

Flake told The Washington Post that Trump firing Mueller would “force the Congress to take the only remedy that Congress can take.”

“To remind the president of that is the best way to keep him from going down that road. To fire Mueller without cause, I don’t know if there is any other remedy left to the legislative branch,” he said.


The Republican added that Trump firing Mueller without cause would be reminiscent of President Nixon firing the special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal.

“[Nixon] left before impeachment came, but that was the remedy then and that would be the remedy now,” Flake told the Post.

“The president needs to be reminded that while there is nothing the House and the Senate can do constitutionally to prevent the president from moving forward, our remedy is on the other side. And the firing of a special prosecutor without cause will, as Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOn The Money: Biden announces bipartisan deal on infrastructure, but Democratic leaders hold out for more Trump's biggest political obstacle is Trump The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population MORE said, prompt that remedy,” the senator said in his interview.

Flake echoed that same message in a tweet Tuesday.



The Arizona senator made the comments just hours after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that Trump firing Mueller without cause would be an impeachable offense.

“I think what the president will have done is stopped an investigation in whether or not his campaign colluded with the Russians, what effect the Russians had on the 2016 campaign. I can’t see it being anything other than a corrupt purpose," Graham said. 

Speculation that Trump could fire Mueller has risen after Trump attacked the special counsel by name for the first time over the weekend.

The White House has denied that Trump is considering firing Mueller.