Ex-GOP Majority Leader Warns Republicans Must Defy Trump And Protect Mueller: ‘Stop The Assault’
Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) sent a dire warning to his own political party to stop the “assault” on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in an op-ed on Friday.
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Frist called on the Republican Party to fight for the “rule of law,” even if it means defying Donald Trump and his administration.
“Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is under assault, and that is wrong,” Frist wrote. “No matter who is in the White House, we Republicans must stand up for the sanctity of our democracy and the rule of law.”
“I am also a Republican because I believe in the rule of law. Republicans must fight for that principle today — even if it means pushing back against a Republican administration,” Frist continued.
“It isn’t easy to tell a president of your own party that he is wrong. But the assault on Mueller’s investigation does not help the president or his party,” he added.
“When Trump talks about firing the special counsel or his power to pardon himself, he makes it seem as though he has something to hide. The president must remember that only Mueller’s exoneration can lift the cloud hanging over the White House,” he wrote.
“I have worried over the years about runaway legal authority,” he said referring to people like former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. “And I’ve battled against activist judges. I don’t worry about Robert Mueller.”
“And his investigation is getting results: By any objective standard, he has moved swiftly, obtaining 23 indictments and five guilty pleas in just more than a year.”
Frist then blasted Republicans for backing Trump instead of checking on the executive branch as Congress is supposed to do.
“Congress must never abandon its role as an equal branch of government. In this moment, that means protecting Mueller’s investigation.”