Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), one of the more recent critics of President Donald Trump, appeared on MSNBC on Thursday morning and conceded that if Trump moved to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, there would be an “uprising and revolt.”
But when he was asked what specifically he would do, Corker answered, “I don’t know, I don’t know what would happen.”
Corker’s failure to provide any concrete example of action that would be taken should Mueller be fired came on the heels of a speech Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) made on the Senate floor Wednesday. Warner was very adamant about “drawing a red line,” but also didn’t refer to any specific remedies he would pursue if Trump moved on Mueller.
“Any attempt by this president to remove Special Counsel Mueller from his position or to pardon key witnesses – and any effort to shield them from accountability or shut down the investigation – would be a gross abuse of power and a flagrant violation,” said Warner.
Warner went on to say that firing Mueller would result in “immediate and significant consequences,” but failed to outline what those consequences would be.
Mark Warner: "Firing Mr. Mueller, or any other of the top brass involved in this investigation… has the potential to provoke a constitutional crisis." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/inrS0Oc9KM
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 20, 2017
These threats of action without specific consequences leave Trump with no deterrent to move on Mueller, if he chooses to go down that path.
Congressmen like Matt Gaetz (R-FL) have publicly expressed their desire to see the Special Counsel removed. Gaetz introduced a resolution in November calling for Mueller’s resignation. In a speech introducing the resolution, Gaetz said that the country is “at risk of a coup” and Mueller must resign or be fired.
Another Florida Republican Congressman, Ron DeSatanis,introduced legislation in August that would severely curtail Mueller’s investigation and then completely cut off funding, essentially ending the probe, after six months. Both Gaetz and DeSantis were invited upon Air Force One to meet with the president.
On Wednesday evening, another House Republican who has been very vocal in his desire to see the Mueller investigation curtailed — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) — admitted during a CNN interview that he has communicated with the White House about the Mueller probe.
While the White House has repeatedly denied any accusations that Trump is actively considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, there are a number of disturbing signs that this could be on the horizon.