Trump-Russia Roundup: December 21

Fox News calls “coup,” Clapper calls Trump Putin’s asset, and the Resistance gets ready. It’s all in this week’s Trump-Russia Roundup.

The Independent: Donald Trump firing Robert Mueller ‘could provoke constitutional crisis’, warns senator
Speaking on the Senate floor, Senator Mark Warner said that Mueller’s investigation into links between Trump’s campaign and Russia during last year’s election must be “able to go on unimpeded.”

Business Insider: A trio of House Republicans lobbing attacks on Mueller have been in touch with the White House
A House Republican who has repeatedly characterized the special counsel Mueller’s investigation — and the FBI more broadly — as biased and politically motivated indicated on Wednesday that he had spoken with the White House about it.

Business Insider: A growing chorus of intel officials is sounding the alarm over Trump’s allies’ attacks on the FBI
Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency, said Tuesday that Don Jr.’s comments about the Russia investigation and the FBI appealed “to the heart of autocracy.”

USA Today: Sen. Mark Warner warns Trump: Firing Robert Mueller would cross ‘red line’
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner (D-VA), warned Trump on Wednesday that any effort to dismiss special counsel Mueller would amount to “a gross abuse of power.”

The Independent: Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation ‘could last at least another year’
While Trump and his senior officials have claimed the special counsel’s probe is drawing to a close and will vindicate him, a report claims that Mueller’s inquiry could go through 2018.

CNN: Trump and Putin, closer than ever
“[Putin] knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with the President,” said James Clapper, the director of national intelligence under Barack Obama, on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

The Hill: More than 100,000 people vow to protest if Trump fires Mueller
A coalition of groups opposed to Trump and his agenda, including Stand Up America, is preparing more than 100,000 Americans to protest if Trump crosses the red line.

The Washington Post: A ‘coup in America?’ Fox News escalates anti-Mueller rhetoric.
Fox News commentators have compared the FBI to the KGB. Fox News legal commentator argued on a segment of “Hannity” that Mueller “has been using the FBI as a political weapon. They’re desperate.

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