Donald Trump is considering removing Robert Mueller from the Russian interference probe over Monday's FBI raids on his lawyer Michael Cohen, but Senator Chuck Schumer doesn't intend to let that happen.

By Joe McDonough


Posted on April 11, 2018

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has warned Donald Trump against trying to sack special counsel Robert Mueller.

On Monday, the FBI raided the offices of the President’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, partly based on a referral from Mueller.

The former FBI director’s year-long probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has already claimed the scalp of four former Trump aides — including his campaign chair Paul Manafort and foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos — but the latest sting on Cohen, Trump’s long-time confidant, has been met with vitriol from the President.

In two separate tweets on Tuesday, Trump called the raid a “total witch hunt”, and said “attorney-client privilege is dead”.

He also refused to rule out firing the chief investigator.

“Why don’t I just fire Mueller? Well, I think it’s a disgrace what’s going on. We’ll see what happens… Many people have said, ‘You should fire him’,” he said after the FBI collected emails, financial records and business documents from Cohen’s office, home and hotel room.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has since said Trump has been given the green light to remove Mueller at his will.

“We have been advised that the president certainly has the power to make that decision,” she said.

But Senator Schumer wants Congress to pass legislation protecting Mueller from the President.

“For months Republicans have said that legislation to protect the special counsel is not needed because they’ve been assured by nameless people that the President won’t fire the special counsel,” the Senate Minority Leader said. “That assurance has been shaken by the President’s comments last night.”

“The investigation is critical to the health of our democracy, and must be allowed to continue,” he added.

Schumer didn’t pull punches after hearing Trump’s comments on Monday, which included it was “a real disgrace” and “an attack on our country in a true sense”.

The Senator shot back, “Mr President your comments are a disgrace… No man is above the law, not even the President.”

He also said, “The only person engaging in an attack in American values, what we all stand for, the rule of law, is unfortunately President Trump.”