'Don't Go There': Jeff Flake Warns of Impeachment Proceedings If Trump Fires Mueller
Senator Jeff Flake warned President Donald Trump against firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying that "no one" wants to see impeachment proceedings.
Flake, an Arizona Republican who is often critical of the president, said firing Mueller would "create a Constitutional crisis."
Members of Congress need to be vocal in support of Special Counsel Mueller finishing his investigation.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) March 19, 2018
The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2018
Mueller is investigating possible Russian collusion in Trump's election victory, and is currently probing the former businessman's real estate firm.
"Congress cannot preempt such a firing," Flake said on Twitter. "Our only constitutional remedy is after the fact, through impeachment."
We are begging the president not to fire the special counsel. Don't create a constitutional crisis. Congress cannot preempt such a firing. Our only constitutional remedy is after the fact, through impeachment. No one wants that outcome. Mr. President, please don't go there.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) March 20, 2018
Flake added that neither he nor anyone else wants to see Trump or Congress go through what they did two decades ago.
In late 1998, the House filed impeachment charges against President Bill Clinton on allegations of perjury.
The Senate, of which Flake is now a member, acquitted Clinton on all charges in early 1999.
Three members of the committee tasked with considering Clinton's impeachment remain in Congress today: Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Graham has also called a potential Mueller dismissal an impeachable offense.
So @LindseyGrahamSC thinks firing SC Mueller would be an impeachable offense, disagreeing w/ @SenAngusKing who says it would not be. And Sen. Graham stating about Joe DiGenova: "It just got more lively."
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) March 20, 2018
Additionally, the seat of one key Republican member of the Judiciary Committee at the time, Republican Rep. James Rogan of California, is now held by Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) - the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, probing Russian interference.
Schiff beat Rogan in the 2000 elections in a historically expensive contest.