APRIL 10, 2018
Some of President Trump’s most fervent supporters are ramping up demands to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and halt the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, putting some Republicans on edge and throwing the administration into further turmoil.
The Mueller-must-go strain of commentary ballooned after Trump openly considered deposing the special counsel on Monday in the hours after FBI agents raided Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen’s office and hotel room, an aggressive tactic seen as opening a new front in the investigation into the president. The White House followed Trump’s comments by asserting Tuesday that the president has the legal authority to fire Mueller. That was certainly a welcome stance among Trump backers.
“Shut it down,” said Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, a conservative group that led the push to uncover Hillary Clinton’s State Department e-mails during the 2016 election.