Trump undecided on releasing memo on Federal Bureau of Investigation

The senators, Lindsey Graham of SC and Susan Collins of ME, also urged special counsel Robert Mueller Sunday to review whether Trump tried to fire him last June, an accusation the president has labeled "fake news". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on ABC's "This Week", adding that "Mr. Mueller is the flawless guy to get to the bottom of all this, and he will".

Ken Starr, best known for investigating Whitewater and looking into Bill Clinton's affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky, said Trump's denial of reports he attempted to fire Mueller could become an issue if they were indeed found to be untrue. "So I think we're in a good spot with Mr. Mueller". Flynn had nothing to do with the special counsel's probe.

Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that it "probably wouldn't hurt" for Congress to pass legislation, but added that she had faith in Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller, to protect him.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, made a similar case on NBC's "Meet the Press". "I'm sure he's very concerned about some of the appearances of conflict of interest at the top of the agency", Short said of Trump.

Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsLive coverage: Shutdown begins A Department of Energy foundation: An idea whose time has come We must reconcile privacy and safety in the digital era MORE (D-Del.) on Monday made the case for Congress to pass legislation protecting special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE.

Democrats, on the other hand, say the threat is real and pressing. The question is: "Will our Republican colleagues muster the political fortitude to do it?"

Graham and three Democratic senators introduced legislation last August that would protect special counsels, including Mueller, by requiring that a panel of federal judges review any action to remove them. A bill written by Graham and Sen. An approach drafted by Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Chris Coons, D-Del.

"And Axios is reporting that many people around the president believe he is...incapable of telling a story that he can stick to and that they know will be accurate", Allen continued. "Based on his statements from the last couple weeks, he and his lawyers appear to be cooperating with Mueller".

  • Tracy Klein