Despite reports to the contrary, President Trump told reporters he is not firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Independent Journal Review's Jason Howerton joins Cheddar to consider the investigation's future. The President went on the record after Democrats in congress began to suggest that Mueller's days were numbered.

Howerton says he thinks the increased criticism from the Trump administration will help speed up the investigation. The president's lawyers claim the special counsel used illegal tactics to acquire transition documents. Howerton is skeptical about whether these claims put the probe in true jeopardy.

We also look ahead to the homestretch for the GOP tax plan. Lawmakers hope to put the bill to a vote early this week, clearing the way for a budget resolution by week's end to avoid a government shutdown. Howerton stresses the magnitude of the potential victory to the Republican party.