Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner stated on Friday that President Donald Trump will be making a grand mistake if he used his executive power and order the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller or deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
While giving an interview on the “Today“ show, Boehner said that firing Mueller would be a “bad idea” that would only land Trump in more trouble.
“It’s a very bad idea. These are public servants who’ve got long careers, stand-up people, who are charged with an investigation, and it’s real clear: Either there are facts, or there’s not,” Boehner said. “Either there are crimes that were committed, or there weren’t. And the American people deserve to see the truth. We live in the most open society in the world, there’s no reason why those investigations should be impeded at all,” he added.
Boehner’s comments come at a time when there is a rising speculation that President Trump is planning to fire both Mueller and Rosenstein over the Russia investigation.
What contributed to these speculations further was this week’s FBI raid of the offices of Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer and “fixer.”
Meanwhile, Trump and the White House have been denying for months that Mueller’s position is in any kind of jeopardy. The President took to Twitter after Monday’s raid, calling the FBI investigation a “disgrace” and an “attack on our country.”
“I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller (Unlike the Clintons!). I have full confidence in Ty Cobb, my Special Counsel, and have been fully advised throughout each phase of this process,” Trump tweeted on Thursday.
However, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated earlier this week that while Trump is not planning to fire Mueller, “he certainly believes that he has the power to do so.”