SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-.S.C.) told CNN’S JAKE TAPPER that if Trump fired special prosecutor Robert Mueller “that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency. Because we are a rule-of-laws nation. … [When it comes to Mr. Mueller, he is following the evidence where it takes him and I think it’s very important he be allowed to do his job without interference and there are many Republicans that share my view.”
— REP. TREY GOWDY advises Trump through FOX NEWS SUNDAY and CHRIS WALLACE … “Chris, if you look at the jurisdiction for Robert Mueller, first and foremost, what did Russia do to this country in 2016? That is supremely important and it has nothing to do with collusion. So to suggest that Mueller should shut down and that all he is looking at is collusion – if you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it. …
“I think the president’s gonna have a really difficult time nominating and having approved another attorney general. It’s going to be – I would just counsel the president, it’s going to be a very very long, bad 2018 and it’s going to be distracting from other things that he wants to do and was elected to do. Let it play out its course. If you’ve done nothing wrong, you should want the investigation to be as fulsome and thorough as possible.”
— SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FLA.) doesn’t like the MCCABE firing, he tells CHUCK TODD on NBC’s “MEET THE PRESS”: TODD: “Let me start with Andrew McCabe’s firing. Was he treated fairly?” RUBIO: “I don’t like the way it happened. He should’ve been allowed to finish through the weekend. That said, that there’s an inspector general report that’s due and work that’s being done and after he had retired that report would’ve indicated wrongdoing or something that was actionable there’s things that could’ve been done after the fact. But 48 hours to go before retirement I would’ve certainly done it differently. Given the fact there’s still this report out there that hasn’t come in.”
— TRUMP MIGHT PULL OUT OF IRAN DEAL — MARGARET BRENNAN speaks to SEN. BOB CORKER (R-TENN.) on CBS’S “FACE THE NATION”: CORKER: “The Iran deal will be another issue that’s coming up in May, and– right now it doesn’t feel like it’s gonna be extended. I think the president likely — will move away from it, unless my — our European counterparts really come together on a framework. And it doesn’t feel to me that they are. Now, as we get — within two weeks of the May 12th date, that could change. But –” BRENNAN: “You think the president’s going to pull out of that Iran deal on May 12th?” CORKER: “I do. I do.”
BRENNAN also spoke with SOUTH KOREAN FOREIGN MINISTER KANG KYUNG-WHA about Trump meeting with North Korea: BRENNAN: “Have you heard anything from North Korea in response?” KANG: “Well, nothing publicly. But there is a channel of communication now established. So I’m sure there are back and forth messages. But, I think the North Korean leader would also need some time given the readiness with which President Trump has accepted the invitation to talks.
“I think we were all quite surprised by — by the — the readiness of that decision. I think it was an extremely courageous decision on the part of President Trump. We believe the North Korean leader is now taking stock. We give them the benefit of the doubt, and the time that he would need to come out with some public messaging.”