Dem Rep. Swalwell: Congress Must 'Act Immediately' to Protect Mueller From Being Fired
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that lawmakers should act immediately to protect Robert Mueller's role as special counsel, as speculation swirls about a potential firing by President Donald Trump.
Swalwell, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, commented on House Speaker Paul Ryan's remarks that a termination of Mueller's role is not under consideration, saying that officials shouldn't "put the fire sprinklers in the building once its been burned down, which is what Paul Ryan is suggesting."
Swalwell tweeted Monday that the president "brings us closer and closer to a constitutional crisis" every day.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 19, 2018
Swalwell said on "America's Newsroom" that there is bipartisan legislation in place that would protect Mueller, but would require a third party to determine if there was cause to fire him.
Assurances? From the guy who fired the last person investigating him and threatens his current prosecutor? @SpeakerRyan, we must put the fire sprinklers in the building before he torches it, not after. https://t.co/afxcLxu5T0
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 20, 2018
Ryan had said at a news conference that Mueller "should be free to follow through his investigation to its completion without interference, absolutely," and that he was assured Mueller's position was safe.
Swalwell said if Trump did in fact fire Mueller, there would be no one at the Department of Justice to hold the president accountable for the crimes he is being investigated for. Citing the "constitutional crisis" he mentioned, Swalwell said that meant "Americans would take to the streets and demand action from Congress."
He said he does believe Trump's lawyers when they maintain that Trump is not considering firing Mueller.
Watch the conversation above.