Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.) said Tuesday that if President Trump succeeds Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his new candidate would have to promise the Senate that he would allow special adviser Robert S. Mueller III to complete his investigation.
Graham raised his eyebrows last week when he gave his blessing to Trump to fire sessions and tell reporters that the president "had a right to a Attorney General."
Trump has publicly publicized the sessions for raising awareness of Russia's involvement in the 2016 elections, an investigation that calls Trump a "witch hunt". This has led to widespread speculation that Trump would name a replacement that would close the probe that is now headed by Mueller.
During a Tuesday's appearance on NBC's "Today" show, Graham stuck to his assessment that Trump should have a Attorney General's Trusts, but stressed an important limitation.
"You must replace him with someone who is highly skilled and will oblige the Senate to facilitate Mueller's work," Graham said. "Nobody will take Jeff's place, which is not obliged to the Senate and the entire country that Mueller may end his job without political interference."
Graham said he understands Trump's frustration over Müller's investigation, but added, "The following I believe in Mueller: He's a good man, he's not on a witch hunt, let him do his job."
Müller examines whether Trump's campaign was coordinated with Russia during the 2016 elections and whether Trump has obstructed the probe.
Graham said he saw "no evidence of collusion on this point". 19659011] "At the end of the day, if there is an agreement between the Trump campaign and the Russians, it will be for me," Graham said.
The tensions between Trump and Sessions flickered last week, after Trump said in an interview with Fox News, "Sessions have never taken control of the Justice Department." Sessions crowded hours after Trump's speech, the Justice Department would not be "inappropriately influenced by political considerations" under his leadership.
Several Republican Senators have advised Trump to replace sessions, warning that it would be difficult to obtain a Senate confirmation of representation during Mueller's ongoing investigation.
"This relationship is irreparable, I think," Graham said Tuesday.
Graham said the gulf between Trump and Sessions was "much deeper" than their disagreement over the Mueller investigation, but would not elaborate.
It's a pretty deep injury, "Graham said.
He added that Sessions" is not the only man in the country who can be Attorney General. "" This is a dysfunctional relationship, "Graham said." We need a better one. "