Graham says Whitaker assured him on fate of Mueller probe 

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has assured Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse Johnson opens door to subpoenaing whistleblower, Schiff, Bidens MORE (R-S.C.), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that he will not fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE, according to Graham.

Graham met with Whitaker Thursday afternoon in his Russell Building office and says the man President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE tapped to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWhite House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations The Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field Sessions vows to 'work for' Trump endorsement MORE says he doesn’t see anything wrong with Mueller’s probe.

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“As to the Mueller investigation, I’m confident that it is not in jeopardy,” Graham said after meeting with Whitaker.

Graham said that Whitaker assured him that he doesn’t think that Mueller’s probe has breached any Justice Department guidelines.

“There’s no reason to fire him. I asked him, ‘Do you have any reason to [fire] Mr. Mueller? He said he has zero reason to believe anything is being done wrong with the Mueller investigation,” Graham said, recounting the conversation.

“There’s a regular-order process where the special counsel makes requests to the deputy attorney general and the attorney general. That’s the way the system works,” Graham said, explaining that Mueller has needed sign-off from senior Justice Department officials on various stages of his probe.

Graham is a co-author of legislation that would protect the special counsel from being fired without good cause.

The bill codifies existing Department of Justice regulations requiring that a special counsel only be fired with proper justification by a senior Senate-confirmed Justice Department official.

Trump appointed Whitaker to replace Sessions the day after the midterm elections. He has not undergone Senate confirmation to the position.