Donald Trump went on a Twitter rant this weekend, firing off several fact-free observations about the Mueller probe into election meddling by Russia and raising speculation in Washington that he would fire the special counsel in the next few days.
Adding fuel to the fire, Trump’s lawyer, John Dowd, called for an end to the investigation. Dowd told CNN in a statement, “I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt dossier.”
Trump echoed those sentiments in a tweet:
The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2018
Republicans are extremely nervous about the prospect of a Mueller firing.
“I don’t see the President firing him,” Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I think the White House has said 10 times, maybe more, that they’re not going to fire Robert Mueller. They want him to be able to finish the investigation.”
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said he would not “advocate” for Trump to fire Mueller, while Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina offered the sharpest rebuke.