Speaker Paul Ryan said he does not believe that there is need for any legislation to protect Robert Mueller from termination.
NBC News reported: “I don't think it's necessary,” the Wisconsin Republican said during an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when specifically asked whether he would bring such a bill to the House floor if it passed the Senate. “I don't think he's going to fire Mueller.”
“First of all, I don't think he should be fired,” Ryan reiterated. “I think he should be left to do his job, and I don't think they're really contemplating this. We’ve had plenty of conversations about this. It's not in the president's interest to do that. We have a rule of law system. No one is above that rule of law system.”
Ryan’s comments came days after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump believes it’s within his power to fire Mueller, the former FBI director who is leading the investigation into Russian attempts to interfere in American elections, among other matters. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been adamant that the president should not remove the special counsel.
The New York Times first reported last week that Trump sought to fire Mueller as recently as December, and NBC News reported that the recent FBI raid on Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has upended talks for the president to sit down for an interview with Mueller’s team.
Ryan's interview also came just as another former FBI director, James Comey, who Trump fired last May, embarks on a media tour to promote his new book, which asserts that Trump is “unethical” and “untethered to truth and institutional values.”
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