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Dem Sen. Joe Manchin Dismisses Trump’s Order to Fire Mueller as ‘New York Talk’

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In the wake of the bombshell New York Times report on President Donald Trump’s order of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s firing last June, Senate Democrats are now seeking legislation to protect Mueller, stating that the report has created an urgency for Congress to act.

One Democratic senator, however, doesn’t seem all that concerned about the president’s desire to terminate the special counsel. The way he sees it, this was just Trump being a New Yorker.

“How much does the report that President Trump said he was going to fire Mueller — how much does that concern you?” Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) this morning.

“That’s New York talk,” Manchin responded. “I look at it strictly as the New York language they have that’s different than most other people.”

A clearly befuddled Todd jumped it to ask the West Virginia lawmaker how Trump ordering the special counsel’s termination was “New York talk.”

“I get what you’re trying to do there — it’s a re-election year, I get that, you have to be anti-New York in West Virginia — but explain this to me,” the Meet the Press host said.

Manchin provided the following explanation to Todd:

“Chuck, here’s the thing. A president of the United States who has been totally in control of his life, personally and his professional. He’s been very successful. He’s been able basically to either do things incentive-wise through checks, bonuses, money or organizations, things of this sort. He’s had total control. Now all of a sudden he understands there’s equal branches and there’s equal powers. He’s having a hard time with that. Hopefully, I think that will come. Right now what you hear him saying and what he’s going to do, let’s see if he moves on [Rod] Rosenstein.”

The senator went on to say if the president did make a move against the deputy attorney general, he would agree it is time to pass legislation to protect Mueller.

Watch the clip above, via NBC News.

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