>> A bipartisan group of Senators on Wednesday introducing legislation to protect the Office of the Special Counsel. One day after the White House said President Trump had the authority to fire Robert Mueller.>> Does the president believe he has the power to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller? Does he believe that's within his power?
>> Certainly believes he has the power to do so.>> Trump has said to be privately seething over the Mueller probe, publicly calling it->> A real disgrace. It's an attack on our country in a true sense.>> Trump's anger at Mueller, who's investigation includes possible collusion with Russia by Trump's presidential campaign, hit a fevered pitch this week, after an FBI raid on Monday targeted the President's personal attorney, Michael Cohen after a referral from Mueller's office.
>> Why don't I just fire Mueller? There are many people have said, you should fire him.>> Trump venting on Twitter Wednesday against Mueller and Rod Rosenstein, that Trump appointed Deputy Attorney General who oversees the Mueller investigation.>> Adding there's been, quote, no collusion or obstruction other than I fight back.
So far Republican leadership has refused to take up legislation to protect Mueller despite the recent escalation of attacks. On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he had been assured Trump won't fire Mueller or Rosenstein.>> I have no reason to believe that that's going to happen. I have assurances that it's not.
Cuz I've been talking to people in the White House about it.>> In Vietnam, Robert Mueller->> But a group of Republicans called the Republicans for the Rule of Law are now warning Trump.>> Mueller has been trusted by Republicans to put America first.>> Airing ads on Trump's favorite morning show, Fox & Friends, vouching for the special counsel's integrity and highlighting his military and public service.
But if all this fails, progressives say they're ready to hit the streets. The group MoveOn.org says that 800 protests around the country are being planned in the eventuality that Trump does move to fire Robert Muller. On its website, the group said over 300,000 people so far have signed up to march.