'Many people have said' I should fire Mueller

'Many people have said' I should fire Mueller

'Many people have said' I should fire Mueller

President Trump reacted angrily Monday to news that federal agents had raided the office and home of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen - calling the action "disgraceful" and describing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as "an attack on our country".

The big picture: This is a consistent response from Trump, who has accused the probe of unfairly targeting him and who has lashed out against his attorney general for failing to restrain its spread.

Mueller reports to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed the special counsel a year ago after the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. "Well, I think it's a disgrace".

"We'll see what happens", Trump said. "Many people have said, 'you should fire him.' Again, they found nothing, and in finding nothing, that's a big statement".

Trump's comments came shortly after the Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly raided the office and hotel room of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, on Monday afternoon. The agency reportedly gather records on various topics, such as the $130,000 non-disclosure payment Cohen made the adult film actress Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 USA presidential election.

Under Justice Department regulations, Mueller is required to consult with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein when his investigators uncover new evidence that may fall outside his original mandate.

The move ignited the president's anger, with Trump calling it a "disgrace" that federal agents "broke into" the office of his personal lawyer. "It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients".

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Trump vented from the Oval Office that Mueller's investigators were "going too far" and conducting "their witch hunt" to undermine his presidency, according to three people familiar with the president's views but not allowed to discuss them publicly. Meanwhile, the special counsel's heightened focus on Cohen comes after he subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents and records related to its foreign deals. "He certainly should have let us know if he was going to recuse himself, and we would have put a different attorney general in", the president said.

It doesn't feel like much of a stretch to me for Trump to explain his decision to have Mueller fired as a way to protect the country.

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., issued a warning Monday night that if President Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller or impedes his investigation he would consider it obstruction of justice.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY released a statement warning Trump against firing Mueller.

The special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into a large donation a pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarch made to the Trump Foundation in September 2015 after then-candidate Donald Trump gave a video talk at a conference in Kiev, Ukraine, The New York Times reported.

Ryan did not elaborate on the documents that were taken from Cohen's office but said he has cooperated with investigators, including meeting last summer with lawmakers looking into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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