Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) released a statement Tuesday urging President Trump to let Special Counsel Robert Mueller "complete his work without impediment, which is in the best interest of the American people, the president, and our nation."
Tillis and Coons said they have heard from Republican, Democratic, and independent constituents "who agree that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be able to conduct his investigation without interference. This should not be a partisan issue." The senators have written a bill that gives special counsels the ability to contest their firing after it happens, Politico reports, but for the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider it, the measure needs to be merged with a similar bill from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
Also on Tuesday, in an effort spearheaded by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), nine of the 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee signed letters sent to five Justice Department officials seeking "a written and public commitment" that should Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein be fired or resign, they "will not interfere in the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, possible collusion with such meddling by the Trump campaign, efforts to obstruct justice, and any related inquiry." Catherine Garcia
Attorneys for President Trump have given Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office written documents about events under investigation, including summaries of internal White House memos and correspondence, with the hopes that this will keep Mueller from having to ask about certain incidents, two people familiar with the situation told The Washington Post.
Trump's lawyers are concerned about Trump being able to handle an interview that could last several hours, and they have been negotiating the terms of a one-on-one meeting. The records do not detail Trump's version of events, the Post reports, but rather the White House view, and include documents related to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian officials, and if Trump obstructed justice by trying to interfere with the probe. Catherine Garcia