Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker won’t fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Graham met with Whitaker on Thursday afternoon and said the new acting attorney general doesn’t see anything wrong with Mueller’s investigation.
The Hill reports:
“As to the Mueller investigation, I’m confident that it is not in jeopardy,” Graham said after meeting with Whitaker.
Graham said that Whitaker assured him that he doesn’t think that Mueller’s probe has breached any Justice Department guidelines.
“There’s no reason to fire him. I asked him, ‘Do you have any reason to [fire] Mr. Mueller? He said he has zero reason to believe anything is being done wrong with the Mueller investigation,” Graham said, recounting the conversation.
Graham recently coauthored legislation protecting Special Counsel Mueller. The proposed legislation would allow any special counsel to challenge a termination in court after 10 days. Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Corey Booker (D-NJ), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) also authored the bill.
Over the weekend, Sen. Graham appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation, where he defended the legality of Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general and said there was no need for him to recuse himself from his oversight responsibilities of the Mueller investigation.