Marco Rubio doesn’t think Trump will try to fire special counsel Mueller

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has said that, contrary to reports, he doesn't think President Trump will try to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

When Jake Tapper, host of CNN's "State of the Union," asked Rubio about other U.S. Senators being concerned that such an effort may be underway, Rubio said, "Well, first of all, that's not going to happen. I don't believe it's going to happen. And here's what I would say. The best thing that could happen for the president—and the country—is a full and credible investigation. I really, truly believe that."

He added, "If we want to put all this behind us, let's find out what happened...and let's not undermine the credibility of the investigation...That's the best thing that could happen for the president and for the country, and I believe ultimately that's what will happen..."

Click through reactions to Robert Mueller's appointment to Russia investigation:

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Reaction to Robert Mueller's appointment to Russia investigation
Trump statement
My statement on DAG Rosenstein's decisions to appoint a special counsel
.@SpeakerRyan Statement on the Appointment of Special Counsel
Appointment of special counsel is very positive. Mueller is a solid choice who will help reestablish public confide…
Robert Mueller’s appointment is a positive step. I am hopeful that he will help us get to the bottom of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
A special counsel is very much needed in this situation and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has done the right thing.
(1/2) I support the appointment of Bob Mueller as special counsel for the Russia investigation.
(2/2) Bob Mueller was a great U.S. attorney & FBI director. He’s respected, talented and has the knowledge & ability to do the right thing.
Having known him for years, I believe special counsel Mueller is a very good thing. He is one of the best -- indepe…
Mueller is a great selection. Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder on appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel in Trump/Russia affair:
"He has the expertise and experience, and the guts and backbone to uncover truth," Sen. Blumenthal says of Robert M…
Mueller is a good first step -- but can't take the place of an independent commission free from Trump's meddling.
I commend @TheJusticeDept for taking the appropriate step of appointing a special counsel.
Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel is a positive step. My statement:
Senator Collins’ statement on appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel #mepolitics
Murphy statement on appointment of special prosecutor for investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia
My full statement on the appointment of Special Counsel to oversee #TrumpRussia investigation…
Mueller does not erase the need for an independent commission. #ProtectOurDemocracy
.@RonWyden's statement on the appointment of special counsel
Here's my statement on appointment of a special counsel to lead FBI Russia investigation:
My statement on the appointment of a #SpecialCounsel to investigate the troubling #TrumpRussia ties:
I’m encouraged to see @TheJusticeDept has appointed a special counsel to lead the investigation into #TrumpRussia
Mr. Mueller is a man of integrity and well chosen. Must ensure he has resources necessary for a rigorous investigation #SpecialCounsel
Bob Mueller is a man of integrity. I have every confidence he will pursue this investigation and follow the facts,…
The issue of Russian meddling in our election must be investigated fully & former FBI dir. Mueller is well qualified to oversee this probe.

Public speculation about Mueller's job security began when Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy appeared on PBS NewsHour and said, "I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. I think he's weighing that option."

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer subsequently issued a critical statement about the claim, saying, "Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue. With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment."

Separately, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, "While the President has the right to, he has no intention to do so."

In the recent days, Trump has tweeted multiple times concerning the investigation on Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election.

He wrote on Thursday, "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCHHUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA"

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