During a panel discussion Monday morning on MSNBC, host Stephanie Ruhle asked GOP strategist Rick Tyler if Sean Hannity's appearance on Fox & Friends is part of a Trump-led campaign to "discredit" special counsel Robert Mueller.
"I know Sean Hannity is already hitting the wires," Ruhle said. "That guy doesn't get out of bed early. He's on Fox & Friends this morning. Why? Because there is an agenda to discredit Mueller."
"Here’s what’s going to happen, I’m going to go out on a limb," Tyler said "The president has calculated now — and I think it’s true — is the reaction from the Republicans. He is going to fire Robert Mueller. And you know what’s going to happen? Nothing. That’s what’s going to happen. There will be no response from Republican leadership, from Congress."
"He is now going about — the reason to fire [former FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe, the reason to deny him his retirement is he has to discredit him," Tyler said. "And he has to systematically discredit everybody who’s involved in this Russia investigation. And he has now seen that he can do these things without any recourse. The Congress is not going to reign him in."
"We got a single line sentence from the Speaker of the House, nothing from the Senate, we got a little something from Lindsey Graham, but it is weak sauce."
The GOP strategist said Mueller would be fired "sooner rather than later, before he can get any further… on money laundering or other tangential issues."
"Wow," Ruhle said. "It is not even 9:30 on a Monday morning and Rick Tyler just knocked my socks off. I wasn’t ready for that."