Several GOP senators said Tuesday they will not assistance any efforts to cut the financing or otherwise curtail special counsel Robert S. Mueller IIIâs investigation straight into Russia meddling in the 2016 selection.
âMy basic philosophy is, once you have an independent counsel, you ought to give him a chance to follow the facts,â said Sen. Rich C. Shelby (R-Ala. ), the senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the chairman of the subcommittee that handles the Justice Departmentâs funding. âIf somebodyâs doing a job, you donât want to cut it off.â
âI would not support that. He needs to continue to investigate,â said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz. ), who also last week excoriated Trumpâs governing design in a speech announcing plans in order to retire at the end of next year.
âI would oppose,â said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz. ), one of the presidentâs most expressive critics in Congress. âAnd so would the American people.â
Those voices and others reflect an growing Republican message for dealing with the particular Mueller investigation: Stay away from it â? and warn Trump to do exactly the same.
âThere would be an uprising at the Capitol like never seen before if any kind of interference looked like it was taking place,â said Sen. Greg Corker (R-Tenn. ). âRegardless of which side of the aisle. Thatâs just beyond the pale.â
Those reactions came amid evidence that will some Republican lawmakers would like to stop or at least redirect the ongoing inspections into Russian interference â? which includes several congressional inquiries.