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Blumenthal: McCabe firing is 'added evidence of obstruction of justice'

Blumenthal: McCabe firing is 'added evidence of obstruction of justice'
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) says the Trump administration’s firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeGOP lawmakers demand Sessions investigate Clinton, Comey Pavlich: When will McCabe face prosecution for lying? Anderson Cooper confronts GOP lawmaker: You haven't heard the president lie? MORE is “added evidence of obstruction of justice” for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“McCabe firing is an undisguised attack on Special Counsel investigation - attempting to undermine him as a witness,” Blumenthal said on Twitter.

The Senate Judiciary Committee member argued that McCabe’s firing shows that Congress needs to pass a bill protecting Mueller’s investigation and blocking the removal of the special counsel.

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“Firing McCabe - a possible witness to obstruction - exemplifies Pres. Trump’s total contempt for the rule of law,” Blumenthal said. “He will stop at nothing to undermine the Mueller investigation.”

 

Blumenthal has often called for Congress to pass a bill to protect Mueller, including after a New York Times report that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems add five candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ program White House notifies Russia that no new sanctions are coming: report Senators push HHS to negotiate lower prices on opioid overdose reversal drug MORE ordered that Mueller be fired last year.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWu-Tang Clan jokingly enlists Comey to track down mystery album GOP lawmakers demand Sessions investigate Clinton, Comey Holder: 'Our democracy is under attack' MORE fired McCabe on Friday night, saying McCabe hadn’t been completely honest with investigators and had made an unauthorized disclosure to the press.

McCabe says he was fired to try and undermine Mueller’s probe, in which he could be a key witness. McCabe led the FBI in the weeks after Trump fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWu-Tang Clan jokingly enlists Comey to track down mystery album Comey says he regrets describing Trump's appearance in book Comey interview gives Colbert his third-highest ratings ever MORE, an area of interest in Mueller's probe.

The former FBI official also says that he had the authority at the time to share information with the media.