Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) claimed Friday that President Donald Trump is about to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. This claim is reportedly based on a reports that Muller’s investigators hadn’t scheduled any interviews for January.
“The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week,” Speier told Public Media for Northern California’s KQED News on Friday. “And on Dec. 22, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller.”
This is a Circus
“We can read between the lines I think,” Speier, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said. “I believe this president wants all of this shutdown. He wants to shut down these investigations, and he wants to fire special counsel Mueller.”
She added that she believes “there is a rush to try and shut this committee investigation down.”
“This is a circus at this point,” Speier claimed.
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Mueller’s team has been investigating claims of Russian collusion for months, but thus far, no evidence has been produced that suggests the Trump transition team had any illegal contact with the Kremlin.
The House Intelligence Committee, including Speier, has also been conducting its own investigation into possible collusion. But Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-Calif.), the committee’s ranking Democratic member, fears that the committee’s GOP majority will attempt to shut hearings down on the subject.
I’m increasingly worried Republicans will shut down the House Intelligence Committee investigation at the end of the month.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) December 15, 2017
Schiff added in a series of tweets:
Since March, our investigation has made important progress. We’ve interviewed numerous key witnesses behind closed doors, held public hearings, reviewed thousands of documents, identified new leads — all to understand and expose Russia’s meddling and protect our democracy.
Yet, Republicans have scheduled no witnesses after next Friday and none in . We have dozens of outstanding witnesses on key aspects of our investigation that they refuse to contact and many document requests they continue to sit on.
Though Mueller is similarly hesitating to schedule interviews, this is not the first time rumors have swirled that Trump may fire the special prosecutor. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders first dismissed these rumors in October.
“There is no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel,” she said at that time.
With reports surfacing that allege bias and corruption from members of Mueller’s team, as well as claims that suggest Mueller himself has lied to the Senate, it may be best to keep the special prosecutor’s team in place: they’re digging their own graves at this point.