House Speaker Paul Ryan said it is not necessary to pass legislation to protect Mueller.
WASHINGTON — Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said he doesn’t believe there is a need for Congress to pass any kind of legislation aimed at protecting special counsel Robert Mueller from termination.
“I don't think it's necessary,” the Wisconsin Republican said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press” when specifically asked whether or not he would bring this kind of bill to the House floor if it passed through 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 arrive the same week that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President 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 take the step to remove the special counsel.
The New York Times first reported this 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.
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