The Future for Robert Mueller Consumes Washington

WASHINGTON D.C. - Whether or not the President will fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller is a question that's consuming Washington. 

The President alluded to the possibility after the FBI raided the home and offices of Mr.Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen.  

Lawmakers are lining up to make sure getting rid of Mueller isn't even an option.

A renewed effort is underway on Capitol Hill to protect Robert Mueller's job.

The Associated Press says a bipartisan group of senators will introduce a bill today that grants a judicial review of any special counsel's dismissal.
Republicans Thom Tillis and Lindsey Graham reportedly drafted it with Democrats Chris Coons and Cory Booker.

"The president has been clear that he thinks this has gone too far," says White Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. 

At a White House meeting Monday, Mr. Trump discussed the possibility of firing Mueller in the wake of FBI raids targeting his attorney, Michael Cohen. 

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says, 

"... certainly believes he has the power to do so."
Democrats expressed alarm at the idea. 

"It would be a constitutional catastrophe," Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

They called on their Republican colleagues to act.

 "... make it clear that firing Mueller or interfering in his investigation crosses a red line and is a threat to our constitutional order," says Sen. Charles Schumer

But most GOP leaders said they didn't think the special counsel's job was in jeopardy.

 "I haven't seen clear indication yet that we needed to pass something to keep him from being removed, because I don't think that's going to happen," says Sen. Mitch McConnell.

"I'm confident that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency and he's not going to do that," says  Sen. Lindsey Graham

Two bills aimed at protecting Mueller were introduced in the Senate last year but were never voted on.

CBS News has learned that adult film actress Stormy Daniels is now cooperating with investigators looking into the deal she struck with the president's attorney, Michael Cohen.

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