Graham says Whitaker assured him on fate of Mueller probe 

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has assured Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE (R-S.C.), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that he will not fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, according to Graham.

Graham met with Whitaker Thursday afternoon in his Russell Building office and says the man President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE tapped to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' 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.