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The former special counsel who investigated Bill Clinton has suggested President Donald Trump could be impeached if he had lied about considering dismissing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "But if they agree, I have a feeling that that will be a bill that can go all the way to the president's desk, and that's our goal", said Collins.

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said on CNN's "New Day" Monday that releasing the memo could "send a message of accountability" in the U.S. intelligence community. Susan Collins of ME shifting toward supporting a bill to protect the Special Counsel shows that Trump area of concern is with the middle. Senators drafted bipartisan legislation last summer that would prevent Trump from firing Mueller, but the effort fizzled out when Republicans challenged the legitimacy of Congress getting involved in the investigation and questioned whether Trump would actually fire Mueller.

"Here you have the top agent who had a hand in this Hillary investigation, and then also was brought into the Trump-Mueller probe, and he was completely biased against Trump".

Many lawmakers have already called on Congress to pass a Special Counsel protection bill, including Sen. A similar measure was introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) around the same time. "We all know what everyone in this room would do if the president were to do that and I don't think that's helpful to the process".

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) disagreed, saying he still just can't see why such legislation would be necessary.

Pressed by interviewer Chuck Todd, McCarthy declared that Trump and his staff had "fully cooperated" with the probe. "But he's also going to tell us definitively what Russian Federation tried to do in 2016", Gowdy said.

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Graham said he didn't know whether the stories about Trump's order to fire Mueller or McGahn's threat to quit stopping him were true, despite them being confirmed by multiple reputable news outlets (and, oddly enough, by Sean Hannity), but said he believes Mueller should look into it. Anonymous officials told the outlet the president had spoken privately about a desire to fire Rosenstein. "And that was seven months ago and the White House counsel is still on the job, and Mr. Mueller is still aggressively investigating, and that's as it should be". But he conceded that "the president has been frustrated by this investigation".

Democrats have claimed that the GOP's focus on the memo is part of a larger Republican effort to discredit the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged ties between the president's campaign and the Russian government.

Republican leaders have downplayed the report's significance, suggesting Trump's volatility may have led to a momentary indiscretion but it was ultimately of no effect since Mueller continues to lead the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

One prominent former official warned against making assumptions about Mueller's ultimate findings. Mueller talked with Sessions last week and with McGahn and Comey past year.

But Gates added: "People need to be prepared that a guy like Bob Mueller may come to a different conclusion that will elate some people and anger some people".

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