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Former GOP Senator: Republicans Need to Stand Up Against the ‘Assault’ on Mueller

Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has a new op-ed in The Washington Post calling on the current Senate Republicans to stand up to the “assault” on Robert Mueller.

Frist, who left the Senate in 2007, says Republicans can no longer stay silent and “stand up for the sanctity of our democracy and the rule of law.”

He acknowledges that President Donald Trump may be a “great partner” on policy, but says it’s dangerous for Republicans to do nothing “with each new assault on the Justice Department’s independence”:

As a party, we can’t let the president or his allies erode the independence of the Justice Department or public trust in the vital work of law enforcement. That would be true even if the stakes were much lower, but it is overwhelmingly so when it comes to investigating foreign interference in our elections. Congress must ensure that Mueller is able to do his job without interference or intimidation…

When Trump talks about firing the special counsel or his power to pardon himself, he makes it seem as though he has something to hide. The president must remember that only Mueller’s exoneration can lift the cloud hanging over the White House.

Frist defends Mueller and says he should be allowed to do his work, adding that he personally doesn’t think Trump colluded.

However, he concludes Republicans need to step up and “protect” the special counsel.

You can read the full op-ed here.

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