In a stunning reversal from her comments in December, Senator Susan Collins has declared that she would support legislation making it more difficult for Trump to fire special counselor Mueller.
“It would certainly not hurt to put that extra safeguard in place, given the latest stories,” Collins said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Her change of heart comes on the heels of a bombshell report by The New York Times exposing the fact that Trump had already ordered Mueller fired, but relented after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign if he did.
“I think what happened here is, the president had a bad idea,” Collins said of Trump’s move to fire the special counsel. “He talked with his counsel, who explained to an angry and frustrated president why it was a bad idea, and that was seven months ago. And the White House counsel is still on the job, and Mr. Mueller is still aggressively investigating. And that’s as it should be.”
Thus far, numerous bipartisan attempts to protect Mueller have stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee, including a bill co-authored by Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), as well as another by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ).
With even members of his own party speaking out against such a misguided move, Trump would effectively be committing political suicide if he went ahead and attempted to fire the man responsible for investigating him. Of course, Mueller may very well end Trump’s career anyway.