Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, suggested he would oppose a bill that would prevent President Donald Trump from firing former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who as a special counsel for the Justice Department is investigating possible links in the 2016 presidential campaign between Russia and Trump campaign officials.
In an interview today on CNN, Portman said “the president has the constitutional right to be able to hire and fire people who work for him. As my lawyers have looked at the legislation….they believe it is not consistent with that constitutional right.”
“It doesn’t mean that the president should do it,” Portman said of firing Mueller. “He should not. But I don’t think that there is an easy for Congress as a legislative branch to step in between the president and an executive branch employee.”
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