As the attacks on Robert Mueller and his investigation intensify, so has speculation that Donald Trump will fire Mueller. The White House is accusing the investigation of unlawfully obtaining the Trump team’s emails, which is ironic considering these same people accused Clinton of crimes for not turning over her emails. The goal here is to discredit the investigation before it even reaches any findings.
When Mueller was appointed to the position, Republicans and Democrats alike defended his record as beyond reproach. A Republican, Mueller was appointed to head the FBI by George W. Bush. He received a Bronze Star for his bravery during the Vietnam War. When he was appointed special counsel, Mueller received high praise from both parties including North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Shumer, Republican Representative Darrell Issa, and Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz.
However, as indictments come down and the investigation seems to be getting closer to the White House, Fox News and right-wing websites like Breitbart have been trying to cast doubt on the integrity of the investigation. Yesterday, Texas Senator John Cornyn, the second ranking Republican in the Senate, seemed to be endorsing those views. The accusations against Mueller and his investigation are conspiratorial and flimsy. Casting doubt on Mueller’s investigation is dangerous territory.
Greg Sargent of the Washington Post correctly suggested that Republican Members of Congress should let us know where they stand on Trump removing Mueller. Last week, I asked every member of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation if they would consider Trump firing Mueller as grounds for impeachment. Only one answered. Congressman David Price said he would. Staff members from Rep. Alma Adams and Rep. G.K. Butterfield responded to the questions but asked for more time to answer. I’m still waiting. None of the Republican Members of Congress responded at all despite calls and two emails to their communications offices.
So, I’ll ask again, Senator Richard Burr, Senator Thom Tillis, Rep. Richard Hudson, Rep. Walter Jones, Rep. Virginia Foxx, Rep. Robert Pittenger, Rep. George Holding, Rep. Patrick McHenry, Rep. Ted Budd, Rep. Mark Meadows, Rep. Mark Walker, and Rep. David Rouzer if Donald Trump fires Robert Mueller would you consider that grounds for impeachment? If not, why not?
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