Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has assured Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (R-S.C.), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that he will not fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate 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 MORE, according to Graham.
Graham met with Whitaker Thursday afternoon in his Russell Building office and says the man President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE tapped to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE says he doesn’t see anything wrong with Mueller’s probe.
“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.