Colorado lawmakers react to Trump’s reported attempt to fire Mueller

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Washington, D.C.-, January 26, 2018 | comments

The Denver Post asked members of Colorado’s congressional delegation Friday for reaction to news reports that President Donald Trump in June sought the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump on Friday called the the reports “fake news.”

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, Republican

“I’ve certainly said I oppose any firing — but he didn’t, and that was the right outcome. …. The fact that he tried that — I certainly wouldn’t have supported and didn’t support.”

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver

“If the multiple independent reports of his intention to fire special counsel Mueller are accurate, this is a step that no one in Congress should ignore, and all must be invested in holding him accountable.”

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Arvada

“Since special counsel Mueller started his investigation there have been signs of smoke. But if President Trump did in fact order Mueller to be fired a month in to his investigation, it would seem there is a fire somewhere. My question to President Trump: ‘What are you so afraid of?’”

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder

“Any attempt by the president to interfere in special counsel Mueller’s investigation is a red line.  The American people deserve nothing short of a full account of what exactly occurred and when.  The integrity of our democracy hangs in the balance, and that is why I have always called for the investigation to be fully independent.”

Content originally published by The Denver Post on January 26, 2018.
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