Chuck Schumer warns Trump not to fire Robert Mueller

Clay Curtis
April 14, 2018

According to an earlier Times report, in June a year ago, White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign after the president tried to order the special counsel's dismissal, claiming that Mueller had conflicts of interest.

Mueller, who is heading the DOJ's probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians in 2016, forwarded information to local federal authorities that was outside his purview, but might have been felonious in nature.

According to published reports, the release attributed the shift in voters' attitudes to Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Monday of the home and offices of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, reportedly due to a tip provided by Mueller. "If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him", he said on Twitter. Her statement came after Trump suggested, talking to reporters that he could fire the Special Counsel, since "it's a disgrace what's going on".

The articles that provoked Mr. Trump's anger in December - which were published by Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters - said one of Mr. Mueller's subpoenas had targeted Mr. Trump's and his family's banking records at Deutsche Bank.

According to Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project On Government Oversight, an attack on his investigators could spur lawmakers to attempt to remove Trump from office.

The new legislation offered Wednesday would allow judicial review of Mueller's dismissal or that of any special counsel, to ensure it was for "good cause".

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It was unclear whether the proposed law would pass.

But most Republicans who spoke publicly still said the president wouldn't fire the special counsel or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because he was aware of the consequences such moves could set in motion.

"I think the events of the past week have changed some minds in the Republican caucus, that there is a moment here for the Senate to stand up and save the president from himself", said Coons.

The President and his aides have discussed firing Mueller for months and believe they have the power to do so, according to a source.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said he thought Trump was "too smart" to get rid of Mueller. "I've done that in person". "The less the president said on this whole thing, the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be". Democrats across the board are pushing for legislation to protect Mueller, but Republican leadership has not signed on. "Make it clear that firing Mueller or interfering in his investigation would be a red line and a threat to our constitutional order".

Just a day earlier, Senate Republicans warned Trump not to take any action against Mueller, saying it would be disastrous.

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