Starr: Mueller should investigate whether Trump lied

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President Donald Trump has been talking to his friends about possibly asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prosecute Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation probe, and his team, according to an NBC report.

"They believe it would be legal and political suicide", said a senior Republican with close ties to the White House.

Reports last week indicated Mueller wanted to speak with Trump regarding his decisions to fire former FBI Director James Comey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and the president said he was "looking forward" to the conversation.

On Friday, the president dismissed as "fake news" a New...

Collins's Sunday comments on Mueller - that "it probably wouldn't hurt" to pass legislation protecting him - weren't exactly the strongest statement she could have made.

"I think that the president was frustrated and angry about the investigation, and he did what he should have done, which was to talk to his lawyer in the White House", Collins said. While she said that legislative protection for the Office of the Special Counsel "sends a strong signal", she also added, "I haven't seen the need for that because I really don't think the president is going to fire Mr. Mueller".

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., repeated that view Sunday. "A source close to the White House, who is familiar with the president's speech, said that it is still possible that the president could fire Robert Mueller".

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McCarthy said Trump and his staff have "fully cooperated" with the investigation. ABC's "This Week" anchor Martha Raddatz asked Starr on Sunday.

"We have continued to comply fully" with the investigation, Short told Fox News Sunday".

One legal theory comes from a case related to the investigation of Mike Espy, President Bill Clinton's first agriculture secretary, who resigned in 1994 amid an ethics scandal and independent investigation involving gifts.

Trump has been complaining about how he can not understand why "my guys" at the "Trump Justice Department" won't release a secret memo.

But many Republicans on Capitol Hill say they want to wait for the completion of investigations underway by congressional committees before considering new legislation.

Information for this article was contributed by Laura King of Tribune News Service; by Sean Sullivan of The Washington Post; and by Hope Yen and Ken Thomas of The Associated Press.

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