Schumer: Trump 'floating trial balloons about derailing' Mueller probe

Schumer: Trump 'floating trial balloons about derailing' Mueller probe
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerCorker won’t campaign against Democrat running for Tennessee Senate seat Family, friends mourn death of Barbara Bush James Comey’s history of misconduct  MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday 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 is "floating trial balloons about derailing" special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation. 

Schumer added in a statement that Republicans have an obligation to ensure that the special counsel can continue his investigation into Russia's election interference and any ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow after the president questioned the makeup of Mueller’s team.

"Our Republican colleagues, particularly the leadership, have an obligation to our country to stand up now and make it clear that firing Mueller is a red line for our democracy that cannot be crossed," the New York Democrat said.

Schumer’s comments came shortly after Trump tweeted that Mueller’s team is made up of a large number of Democrats and no Republicans.

Trump has been highly critical of Mueller’s investigation, often calling it a "witch hunt."


Trump's lawyer said on Saturday that it’s time for Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinMcConnell: Senate won't take up Mueller protection bill The rule-of-law party must unite around Mueller GOP chairmen extend deadline for DOJ decision to turn over 'Comey memos' MORE to end Mueller’s investigation. The lawyer, John Dowd, later said he was not speaking on behalf of the president.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted that Mueller’s investigation should never have begun.

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 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 on Friday for giving unauthorized information to the press and withholding information from investigators.

McCabe said that he had the authority to share the information and that his firing, which came two days before he was set to retire, was part of a larger effort to undermine Mueller’s investigation.