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LEMON: Senator Mark Warner says he made his dramatic speech today, warning against crossing a constitutional red line, because he is concerned that the president could move to fire special counsel Robert Mueller over the Christmas vacation.
Let’s discuss this now with former White House independent counsel, Robert Ray, CNN political analyst, Laura Coates, and John Flannery, a former federal prosecutor for the southern district of New York.
Good evening to all of you.
JOHN FLANNERY, FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR: Good evening. LEMON: Robert, Senator Mark Warner, the vice chair of the Senate Intel committee took to the Senate floor this afternoon to draw a line in the sand. Here’s what he said, in part.
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MARK WARNER, (D) UNITED STATES SENATOR: The president said he is not considering removing special counsel Mueller. Congress must make clear to the president that firing the special counsel or interfering with his investigation by issuing pardons of essential witnesses is unacceptable and would have immediate and significant consequences.
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LEMON: What do you think of the senator’s remarks?
ROBERT RAY, FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR: I don’t think democrats or a democrat should be drawing lines in the sand. On the other hand, you know, Congress is a coordinated branch of government. I understand the sentiment.
I don’t think the White House has any intention of issuing preemptive pardons or firing the special counsel. So, I mean, you know, I get what he’s trying to say. But, frankly, it’s not really — it would be a story if a republican had that to say, not a democrat.