White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the White House is hoping the special counsel investigation, which she deemed a “hoax,” ends soon.
Sanders was on Fox News responding to Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner’s remarks Wednesday warning against Trump dismissing Mueller.
“Firing Mr. Mueller or any other of the top brass of this investigation would not only question this administration’s commitment to the truth, but also to our most basic concept: Rule of law,” Sen. Warner said on the Senate floor.
“I want to be very clear and make sure that I address Sen Warner’s concern for the 1,000th time. We have no intentions of firing Bob Mueller,” Sanders said. “We are continuing to work closely and cooperate with him. We look forward to seeing this hoax wrap up very soon.”
The White House has said repeatedly that it has no plans to fire Mueller despite continued criticism of the special counsel investigation from Trump allies. (RELATED: As 2017 Wraps Up, Mueller’s Probe And Trump’s Successes Continue)
Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is one of the lawmakers leading the charge against Mueller. “It’s time for Bob Mueller to put up or shut up. If there’s evidence of collusion, let’s see it,” Gaetz said on Fox News Wednesday.
Democrats have highlighted these sorts of comments in order to publicly warn about the consequences of dismissing the special counsel.
“ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller or crippling the special counsel’s office. If removed or meaningfully tampered with, there must be mass, popular, peaceful support of both,” former Attorney General Eric Holder tweeted Sunday. “The American people must be seen and heard – they will ultimately be determinative.”