On Monday, the FBI conducted a raid on President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, reportedly at the request of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Following the incident, talks of potentially firing Mueller have resurfaced by media outlets. Should Trump fire Mueller? Could he?
These questions should not even cross Trump’s mind, according to Republican Senator and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley.
As far as Grassley is concerned, the less coming out from Trump about the special counsel’s investigation the better. The top Republican senator even said “it would be suicide” if Trump acted against Mueller.
Check it out, per Politico:
“The less the president said on this whole thing, the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be,” the Iowa Republican told Fox Business. “I think that maybe Mueller coming to a dead end as far as collusion of Trump with Russia in this election — and it looks like a dead end — maybe Mueller would appreciate being fired so he would have an excuse for getting out of it, and the Democrats would have a good issue in this upcoming election.”
“It would be suicide for the president to want to talk about firing Mueller,” he added.
Ahead of a meeting with senior military officials and national security advisers Monday evening to discuss his administration’s response to a poison gas attack in Syria, Trump lambasted Mueller’s investigation as a “disgraceful situation.”
“It’s an attack on our country, in a true sense,” Trump already said the White House, about the ongoing investigation. “It’s an attack on what we all stand for.”
The Iowa Republican seems to believe the FBI acted under the assumption their actions were important to the case, otherwise they would not have conducted the raid. Subsequently, Grassley said participants in the raid, including the judge who issued the warrant, should be allowed to act free from retaliation from the White House.
Grassley said, “I’m sure that the judge that gave the order that this raid could be made would be confident that that would not be an issue.”
Grassley also commented on other suspicions emerging from President Trump and the administration of potentially firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
And, “I think Jeff Sessions is doing a good job, even though on some issues I very dramatically disagree with him,” Grassley said. “We’ve got three cabinet people to approve now. We may even have a Supreme Court justice down the road a few months. The president should not be overburdening Congress with finding a new attorney general.”
Here’s more on the raid and Grassley, via the Daily Caller:
Trump is reportedly fuming over an FBI raid carried out Monday against his personal attorney, Michael Cohen. FBI agents stormed Cohen’s Manhattan office, his residence and a hotel where he was staying in search of documents related to payments made to Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006.
The Washington Post reported Monday that Cohen is under investigation for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations related to a $130,000 payment he made to Daniels in October 2016. Cohen’s attorney said that the search warrants were approved based on a referral from Mueller, who is conducting a sprawling investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Grassley’s committee is one of three congressional panels investigating Russia-related activities during the 2016 campaign.
As Fox News Insider reports, fellow Republican Senator Rand Paul has taken an opposite stance on Mueller, especially after the raid:
“Going after someone’s personal attorney is a great overstep, I think, in the authority of the prosecutor. This is why I have opposed having special prosecutors for almost anything,” Paul said on “America’s Newsroom.”
Paul added that he thinks Mueller has abused his authority as special counsel and that his investigation has gone far beyond what it set out to find.
“We never should have had Mueller in the first place,” he said. “We’ve given too much power to a prosecutor who’s no longer looking at Russia. He’s looking at some kind of personal dealings with the president’s lawyer.”
Likewise, Fox News’ Lou Dobbs suggests President Trump should instead fire Mueller over the raid.
Check it out:
End the Outrageous Witch Hunt- @GreggJarrett: AG Jeff Sessions is incompetent, the FBI is corrupt & Robert Mueller & Rod Rosenstein are unethical & abusing the legal process. They all deserve to be fired. #MAGA #TrumpTrain #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/b1apXm6x84
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) April 9, 2018
A couple others on Trump’s legal team offered similar sentiments:
Corrupt Special Counsel- @VicToensing & Joe diGenova: @realDonaldTrump should absolutely not sit down with Robert Mueller. He is out to get the President and by raiding Michael Cohen’s office has proven to be acting in bad faith #MAGA #TrumpTrain #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/jyhl8QE8Mc
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) April 10, 2018
And, Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton said Mueller is “out of control” and the special counsel investigation should be shut down:
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Shut It Down!- @TomFitton: The Justice Dept is out of control with Mueller running the show. President @realDonaldTrump must take action and shut down the Special Counsel now. #MAGA #TrumpTrain #DTS #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/K8qGotpdzR
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) April 9, 2018