Trump Firing Mueller Is a 'Red Line' for Many Republicans, Says Politico Reporter
Many Republicans still see the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller by President Trump as a "red line," Politico congressional correspondent Rachel Bade said Friday.
Bade discussed with Harris Faulkner the new report that Trump ordered Mueller's firing, but was rebuffed by White House counsel Don McGahn.
McGahn is reported to have threatened to quit last June if the president moved forward on removing Mueller. However, Fox News' John Roberts reports that Trump - who called the report "fake news" - discussed the possibility of firing Mueller, but did not order it and that McGahn did not threaten to resign.
Bade reported that a majority of lawmakers - including many Republicans - and voters want to see Mueller complete his investigation without interference.
"Republicans on the Hill basically say 'if he were to do this, he would be crossing a red line.' They're worried about the optics and that it would look like an abuse of power," she explained, adding that many Democrats would be "privately excited" because they believe such a move would benefit them at the polls in November.
Bade said FBI Director Chris Wray must be transparent with Republicans when it comes to the text messages between two FBI officials who appeared to show bias against President Trump.
Watch her analysis from "Outnumbered Overtime" above.