National security adviser: US has begun communicating with Iran over hostages
Graham: 'I don't care' if Trump told McGahn to fire Mueller
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that he doesn't care if President Trump told former White House counsel Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
"I don't care what they talked about. He didn't do anything. The point is the president did not impede Mueller from doing his investigation," Graham said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" when host Margaret Brennan noted that, according to the special counsel's report, Trump in 2017 ordered McGahn to fire Mueller.
"I don't care what happened between him and Don McGahn," Graham continued. "Here's what I care about: Was Mueller allowed to do his job? And the answer is yes."
A redacted version of Mueller's report, released earlier this month, detailed several episodes in which Trump potentially obstructed justice during Mueller's investigation into Russia's election interference.
The report states that McGahn refused when Trump ordered him to fire Mueller and that McGahn decided "he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre."
Trump last week denied ordering McGahn to fire Mueller, saying that if he wanted to fire the special counsel, he would have done so himself.
"As has been incorrectly reported by the Fake News Media, I never told then White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller, even though I had the legal right to do so," Trump tweeted. "If I wanted to fire Mueller, I didn't need McGahn to do it, I could have done it myself."