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Sen. Jeff Flake: Congress could hire Robert Mueller if he’s fired

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

PHOENIX — Congress may re-hire special prosecutor Robert Mueller if he’s fired, according to a suggestion by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

“If he were to be removed — however it’s done, by the assistant attorney general or a new one, Congress would assert its prerogatives.” Flake said in an interview with MSNBC. “And that would mean hiring a special prosecutor, and that might even be Bob Mueller.”

Mueller, the former FBI director who was appointed in May to lead an investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, was — as of Thursday — using a grand jury as part of the probe.

Trump is insistent that there is no collusion to be found between his presidential campaign and the Russians, though Mueller has come under fire from some on the right who say he isn’t impartial.

A story from the Associated Press last month said Trump is confident the Mueller-led probe will conclude he’s done nothing wrong, according to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Current Speaker Paul Ryan (R) said Trump’s rumored desire to fire Mueller was just that: rumor.

Echoing accusations that Mueller is acting with partisan bias, U.S. Rep. Trent Franks said Mueller should resign.

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