Congressman charlie dent introduced a brand new bill in washington today, that he says is meant to stop?
What he calls?
A potential "political crisis."
>>wendy davis: the legislation aims to prevent special counsel robert mueller from being fired, and to make sure the russia investigation is completed.
Wfmz's joy howe is live in the studio to explain.
>> joy howe: there's been a lot of back and forth in washington about whether the president*ca* fire special counsel robert mueller, and whether he*will* congressman charlie dent says he wants his b?partisan house bill to put an end to that chatter, so mueller can complete and end his investigation.
>>>dent it would be a political crisis, the likes of which we haven't seen since watergate.
It's a word congressman charlie dent used several times, when describing why he's c?sponsoring a bill aimed at making sure special counsel robert mueller keeps his job.
>>>donald trump why don't i just fire mueller?
Well, i think it's a disgrace what's going on, we'll see what happens, but i think it's really a sad situation when you look at what happened, and many people have said, you should fire him.
>>>reporter others are urging the president to let mueller?
And his boss, deputy attorney general rod rosenstein?
Finish their job of looking into whether russia meddled in the 2016 election?
Or colluded with mr. trump's campaign.
>>>dent if the president has done nothing wrong, he's maintained his innocence, then he should act like it >>>reporter but the white house says, it's more than that.
) we have not been shy that we are frustrated by this process.
We would like it to end quickly and soon >>>reporter some?
Like house speaker paul ryan?
Say the president*isn'* planning to shake things up... >>>paul ryan) "i've received assurances that his firing is not even under consideration.
>>>reporter dent says he wants something in writing to protect mueller?
And his boss just in case.
He says if either is let go, it could lead to a watergate situation, not just paralyzing washington, but also devastating the republican party.
>>>dent it's not in the president's interest to remove special counsel, it's not in the republican party's interest to remove special counsel and most important of all, it's not in the country's interest to do it >>joy howe: congressman dent says his legislation is a companion bill to one that's been introduced in the senate, with b?
Partisan support from names like republican linsey graham and democrat corey booker.
Dent says he hopes the president sees this as a unified front, and chooses