John Kennedy on Trump’s Mueller Slams: Tweeting Less ‘Would Not Cause Brain Damage’
Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) gave an interview on Thursday where he faced a barrage of questions about whether Congress should do something to protect Robert Mueller in the event President Trump tries to interfere with the special counsel.
As Kennedy spoke with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, he started things off by expressing disagreement with Sen. Jeff Flake‘s (R-AZ) demand for legislation to shield Mueller until he concludes his investigation on Russia. Kennedy said he hopes Mueller isn’t fired, and while he acknowledged the president’s obvious anger over the investigation, the senator maintains the view that no real actions have been taken to endanger Mueller’s position.
“People up here like to talk. You’ve got to watch what they do. The president has demonstrated acute frustration with Mr. Mueller’s investigation. I’d probably feel the same way if I were in his shoes. But I know of no overt steps that he has taken to obstruct the investigation or to fire Mr. Mueller and given the way that people leak up here, I think we would have heard.”
Camerota pushed back by invoking Trump’s latest tweets, in which he declared that the Mueller probe is a “total mess,” “a disgrace to our Nation,” and “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT LIKE NO OTHER IN AMERICAN HISTORY!” She also challenged Kennedy by having him consider the possibility that Trump could act on his frustration at some point by firing Mueller, and without any kind of Congressional protection, nothing could be done to save him before it’s too late.
Kennedy stuck by his disagreement, saying Trump knows there would be “a sharp and immediate reaction” from Congress if he went down that path. As Kennedy said that the results of Muellers probe should be made public upon completion, Camerota continued to press him over Trump’s tweets and the president’s appointment of Mueller-opponent Matt Whitaker for acting attorney general.
“I have suggested to the president, respectfully, that tweeting a little less would not cause brain damage,” Kennedy said. “But he likes to tweet. That’s his prerogative. He’s going to keep tweeting.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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