Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that he doesn’t mind if President Donald Trump ordered Don McGahn, a former White House counsel, to strip Robert Mueller of his position as special counsel, The Hill reports.
"I don’t care what they talked about. He didn’t do anything. The point is the president did not impede Mueller from doing his investigation," Graham said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” in response to a comment from host Margaret Brennan about the recently released Mueller report.
He continued, "I don’t care what happened between him and Don McGahn. Here’s what I care about: Was Mueller allowed to do his job? And the answer is yes."
The recently released redacted version of the special counsel’s report described several instances in which Trump potentially committed obstruction of justice by attempting to interfere with the Mueller investigation. According to the document, McGahn refused Trump’s demands to fire Mueller. McGahn said that "he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre."
Last week, Trump denied telling McGahn to scrap Mueller, arguing that he would have fired the special counsel himself if he wanted to.
"As has been incorrectly reported by the Fake News Media, I never told then White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller, even though I had the legal right to do so," the president tweeted. "If I wanted to fire Mueller, I didn’t need McGahn to do it, I could have done it myself."