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 FlakeFlake responds to Trump, Jimmy Carter barbs: 'We need to stop trying to disqualify each other' Jeff Flake responds to Trump's 'greener pastures' dig on former GOP lawmakers Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that he would support impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE if the president fired special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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.

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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 GrahamTrump shares Graham quote calling Ocasio-Cortez 'anti-America' Graham: Trump should focus on policy, not personal attacks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke 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.