Feinstein: 'Congress won't stand for' Trump firing Mueller
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight Senate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court Deal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate MORE (D-Calif.) said Friday that Congress "won't stand for"  President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE firing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE following reports that Trump tried to have Mueller fired last summer. 

“It’s very unfortunate that this president doesn’t respect the law or the Constitution, and if he fires Bob Mueller, I expect Congress won’t stand for it and will take action," Feinstein said in a statement. 

Trump reportedly backed down from firing Mueller when White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign over the matter, refusing to give Trump's demand to the Justice Department. 

McGahn feared Trump firing the special counsel would raise concerns that Trump had obstructed justice during the investigation of possible collusion between Russia and Trump's campaign.

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Feinstein, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee that is holding a parallel probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, said that "nothing has changed" since she last noted that Trump did not have the authority to fire the special counsel.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate panel advances Trump IRS nominee Bipartisan bill would bring needed funds to deteriorating National Park Service infrastructure Senate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting MORE (Va.), the top Democrat on the committee, also said that firing Mueller would be a "red line that the president cannot cross," calling any interference by Trump in the investigation a "gross abuse of power."

The New York Times report confirmed rumors that Trump, who has consistently denied any collusion between his campaign and the Russians and pushed for an end to Mueller's probe, wanted him removed.

But Trump denied the story Friday, calling it "fake news," calling the report "typical New York Times."

Sources confirmed The New York Times report to a number of other news outlets.