Trump To Wine And Dine GOP Leadership

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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President Donald Trump will have Republican leadership over to the White House Wednesday evening for dinner.

The gathering will include House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn.

The meeting comes days after Trump lashed out at special counsel Robert Mueller and only a day after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the president believes he has the power to fire Mueller.

McConnell reiterated his previous comments Tuesday that Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation without hindrance and that he would not entertain hypotheticals about the president firing the special counsel. Others in the Senate leadership, like Cornyn, have echoed the majority leader’s statement.

Democratic and Republican senators gave a seemingly ubiquitous answer to reporters Tuesday who asked them about Trump firing Mueller: It would bring on a host of negative consequences for the president.

GOP Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina is pressing his colleagues to consider his bill that would protect Mueller from termination. A bipartisan group of senators is also considering legislation to shield Mueller. House Democrats are also pushing a bill.

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