We just found out that Trump crossed a terrifying line in the sand — something that both Republicans and Democrats agreed would be unacceptable. That is: He tried to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller last June.
We all feared this would happen. Trump feels vulnerable and threatened by Mueller's investigation, and we know he doesn't take kindly to being scrutinized. But firing the special counsel would be a huge blow to constitutional checks-and-balances and be a frightening overreach of power.
In the beginning, members of Congress from both parties said Trump could not, must not, attempt to fire Mueller. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) even said, "Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency."
And yet, Republicans in Congress have suddenly decided it doesn't matter. What was once a red line is now seemingly insignificant. According to Republicans, this matter isn't "urgent" and they don't care.
We need to remind them: The sitting President of the United States is under investigation for both collusion with a dangerous foreign power, and obstruction of justice into that investigation. These are serious charges and must be resolved satisfactorily if we are to restore trust in our democracy.
There is no universe in which attempting to fire the special counsel is acceptable. Congress has the power to safeguard our democracy and the investigation. It must pass legislation to prevent presidents from firing special counsels, including Robert S. Mueller.