Feinstein: 'Congress won't stand for' Trump firing Mueller
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTop Senate Dems demand report from Trump on UK nerve agent attack Feinstein, Harris call for probe of ICE after employee resigns Jeh Johnson: Media focused on 'Access Hollywood' tape instead of Russian meddling ahead of election MORE (D-Calif.) said Friday that Congress "won't stand for"  President TrumpDonald John TrumpScarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military 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.


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 WarnerTop Senate Dems demand report from Trump on UK nerve agent attack The Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Tech: What we learned from Zuckerberg's media blitz | Opening arguments in AT&T-Time Warner trial | Trump plans new tariffs on China 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.