Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) has come out saying that it is “likely” President Trump will attempt to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Coons told CNN on Friday that he’s “very concerned” because Trump previously said it would be a “red line” if Mueller started investigating his personal finances and family’s business. The Delaware senator said that several weeks ago Mueller subpoenaed the Trump Organization for business documents prompting Trump to attack the special counsel by name.
Coons said that most of his colleagues believe it would be “dreadful” if Trump fired Mueller, but they still don’t believe he will.
“I think the president’s abrupt recent actions in how he dismissed the VA secretary, the secretary of state, other key members of his cabinet suggest that this is something he is likely to do,” Coons said.
Republican Sen. Thom Tillis joined with Coons writing a bill that would protect Mueller from removal.
“We have heard from constituents — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike — who agree that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be able to conduct his investigation without interference,” Tillis and Coons said in a joint statement this week. “This should not be a partisan issue.”
Trump has been warned from both sides of the aisle that firing Mueller would be a huge mistake. Sen. Lindsey Graham even said that it would the “the beginning of the end of his presidency.”
It is not yet clear if GOP leaders will move ahead with legislation that would block a potential firing.
Coons references a major shakeup on Trump’s legal team for the Russian investigation because of the resignation last week of John Dowd.
“I think [that was] partly in protest over the president’s decisions about how to interact with Special Counsel Mueller,” Coons said.
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