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Where Republicans in Congress stand on Trump and the Mueller probe

Amid President Donald Trump's attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, where do Republicans in Congress stand? Here is what Rep. Peter King, Rep. Lee Zeldin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Jeff Flake and more GOP members of the legislative branch have said about the president and the probe.

— With Newsday reporting

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

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"We'll not be having this on the floor of the Senate," Sen. McConnell told Fox News about a bipartisan bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller. The bill is unnecessary because Trump will not fire Mueller, he said.

McConnell has also said Mueller should be allowed to "finish his job" and that "he will have great credibility with the American people when he reaches a conclusion of this investigation."

Sen. Jeff Flake

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) speaks to members
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"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," the Arizona senator tweeted.

Rep. Peter King

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“I’ve seen no evidence at all of any collusion,” said King, of Seaford.

He also said, “It’s possible that Bob Mueller has information that we don’t have ... he can’t be pushed, he should be allowed to continue it, but on the other hand I believe he has an obligation to the country ... to give some idea, to give some sort of time frame for when he expects this investigation to end."

Rep. Lee Zeldin

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“The Mueller investigation should come to an end after a careful review of all relevant information. However, this investigation cannot go on indefinitely," Zeldin, of Shirley, said in an email.

Sen. Lindsey Graham

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The South Carolina senator told CNN’s “State of the Union” this about Trump ordering the firing of Mueller: “If he tried to do that, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency, ’cause we’re a rule of law nation.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley

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"While my constitutional concerns remain, I believe this bill should be considered by the full Senate," said the Iowa senator, who voted to advance the bill to protect Mueller. Grassley added to the pressure on Senate Majority Leader McConnell, who has called the legislation unnecessary and said he won't let it reach the Senate floor.

House Speaker Paul Ryan

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., joined
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“Mr. Mueller and his team should be able to do their job," Ryan, of Wisconsin, said in a statement issued by his spokeswoman.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski

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"Any action that would either throw a roadblock in or completely derail [Mueller's investigation], that, I think, takes us to another level," the senator from Alaska said when asked about the possibility that Trump might remove Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"It is so imperative that this investigation be allowed to go forward," Murkowski added.

Sen. John Kennedy

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"It's about as popular as cholera with the leader in the Senate and it's about as popular as malaria in the House," the Louisiana senator, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said of the bill to protect Mueller. "I think most people think we're picking an unnecessary fight with the president."

Sen. Thom Tillis

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“We have heard from constituents — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike — who agree that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be able to conduct his investigation without interference. This should not be a partisan issue,” Tillis, of North Carolina, and his Democratic colleague Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware said in a statement. “We introduced the Special Counsel Integrity Act because we believe that the American people should have confidence in the Department of Justice’s ability to conduct independent investigations and its commitment to the rule of law. We urge President Trump to allow the Special Counsel to complete his work without impediment, which is in the best interest of the American people, the President, and our nation.”

Sen. Bob Corker

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn.,
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"There would be serious repercussions," the Tennessee senator said of firing Mueller. "I've shared with the president what a massive mistake it would be for him to do this. I've done that in person."

Sen. James Lankford

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) in Washington on Nov.
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Lankford, an Oklahoma senator, said the Mueller investigation needs to "bring out the facts." He told ABC News' "This Week" that Trump is clearly frustrated, but the "best thing the special counsel can do is finish the investigation and gather all the information that's needed to come to a conclusion, so the American people can make their own decision."

Sen. Orrin Hatch

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Hatch opposed the bill to protect the special counsel, saying it was unconstitutional and unnecessary because Trump already knows that he would face political ruin if he fired Mueller.

"Firing Mueller would cause a firestorm and bring the administration's agenda to a halt. It could even result in impeachment," the Utah senator said.

Sen. Susan Collins

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"I think the president would be best served by never discussing the investigation, ever, whether in tweets, except in private conversations with his attorney," the Maine senator has said, on CNN's "State of the Union."


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