A bipartisan bid to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation was quickly swatted down by Republicans Wednesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there is no need for legislation protecting Mueller.
That sentiment is echoed by President Trump, who told the Washington Post he has “no intention” of ending the probe or firing Mmueller.
It comes amid new scrutiny of the president’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who made a plea deal to cooperate with Mueller.
The New York Times is now reporting Manafort’s attorney has been sharing information with the president’s legal team about Manafort’s conversations with the special counsel.
Those talks themselves would not break any laws, but experts say it could be a step toward dangerous territory for both Manafort and President Trump.
“If he was trying to influence what Manafort was saying, if Manafort was feeding information to Trump to influence his answers, there are so many ways that this could quickly go into illegal territory,” says former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah.
The president says there is still a possibility he will pardon Manafort.
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