Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) described what would happen if President Donald Trump fired special counsel Robert Mueller without cause, saying "Holy hell would break out."
"Well, if it was without cause," Graham said Sunday on Fox News' "Journal Editorial Report," "it'd be, holy hell would break out, I said that about [Attorney General] Jeff [Sessions]."
"I can only imagine how the country would react if Robert Mueller were fired just because the president [didn't] like the investigation," he continued. "Now if you show me a reason why he should be fired, then somebody else would be appointed in his stead."
"So my legislation is pretty simple," Graham explained. "If Robert Mueller is fired you're gonna have a three-judge panel to review the firing to see if it meets the criteria of the Department of Justice regulations.
"I have no indication the president is going to fire Mueller," he said, "his lawyer said today, here recently, that they wanna get this over with as quickly as possible. They're gonna cooperate with the investigation.
"So Mr. [Ty] Cobb has got the right idea with how to deal with Mueller, I think," he concluded.
Speculation has been rampant that Trump is seeking to fire Mueller since he publicly criticized his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself on the Russian investigations, which the president says led to the appointment of Mueller.
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While even his allies, such as Ann Coulter, disagree with the president's understanding of the causality and sequence that led to Mueller being named special counsel, others have argued he has enough conflicts of interest that he should be fired.
When asked Sunday if the president was considering firing Mueller, his counselor Kellyanne Conway denied it completely.
"He’s not discussed firing Bob Mueller,” she said, "we will continue to cooperate with Bob Mueller and his investigation, even though he just hired the 16th person, many of them are Democratic donors, but we’ll continue to cooperate and comply.”